Transcript for NRA Blames Video Games for Gun Crimes
With the final three victims from sandy hook elementary school buried today, the national rifle association has said that the real problem isn't guns but instead violent video games, is there really a connection between virtual violence and real-world violence? Abc's neal karlinsky got some answers. Reporter: Thomas pantig and stephan lloyd are typical of many in their generation. Good jobs by day, obsessed with a violent, so-called first person shooter called call of duty when they get home. But is this just good fun, or is an entire generation being trained and desensitized to the act of shooting people? Some people just go crazy. Reporter: Dr. Chris ferguson has conducted a series of multiyear studies of 11-year-old to 18-year-olds to find out what violent games do to them. There is no evidence that exposure to violent behavior is associated with behavior. Reporter: But dr. Victor strasburger says today's video games are more real, more intense than anything that's come before. Kids spend an incredible amount of time with the media, they see increasingly vi media, why would we in this nation spend $250 billion on advertising if we didn't have an effect on people. Reporter: So whose research to believe, who to judge? The u.S. Supreme court already has. In striking down california's attempt at a violent video game law, the court had this to say, these studies have been rejected by every court to consider them, and with good reason, they do not prove that violent video games cause minors to act aggressively. A mother of two young children with her own concerns also happens to run one of the most successful first person shooter games around, halo 4. What do you say to parents who worry that it's too violent, not good for the kids? What I recommend, your kids are going to play games. Play with them so that you can really be there to answer questions and help them through that. Reporter: Advice from an insider, kids are playing these games, and it's up to the pa rents to understand them. Neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle.
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