Do video games, violent media really contribute to mass shootings?
AUSTIN (KXAN) — As a part of a KXAN series called “Stop Mass Shootings,” we asked viewers to send questions they have about guns, school safety and mass violence. The series is aimed at educating the public and lawmakers in the wake of the deadly Uvalde school shooting.
KXAN received hundreds of comments and questions on social media, which we compiled and sorted for themes. The top three: Hardening schools, gun control legislation and mental health. On the last theme, a significant number of viewers paired mental health questions with remarks about video games and violent media.
There is significant research to show violent media, video games included, “does not make well people psychologically ill,” said Tom Grimes, a Texas State journalism professor who has a background in psychiatry and …
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