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Should mentally ill people be kept from buying violent video games? [View all]



The Sandy Hooks shooter spent hours upon hours playing violent video games in his mother's basement. Other mass killers, including Norway's Anders Breivik, spent hours honing their skills on Call of Duty.

'The violence in the entertainment culture particularly, with the extraordinary realism to video games, movies now, et cetera does cause vulnerable young men to be more violent,' Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, where gunman James Holmes killed 12 people in a screening of the latest Batman film in July, said such realistic games may tip the mentally ill over the edge.

'There might well be some direct connection between people who have some mental instability and when they go over the edge they transport themselves, they become part of one of those video games,' he said.

Others took to Twitter, with White House adviser David Axelrod tweeting: 'But shouldn't we also quit marketing murder as a game?' and Donald Trump weighing in with: 'Video game violence & glorification must be stopped it is creating monsters!'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250811/Sandy-Hook-shooting-reignites-debate-violent-video-games.html

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