Anders Behring Breivik, convicted in the massacre of 69 people at a Norwegian youth camp, was inspired by violent video games, some say. So too were the Aurora and Newtown shooting suspects, others insist.
So when Senate hearings began Wednesday on how to curb gun violence, video games were in the sights of some, including Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.
“There are too many video games that celebrate the mass killing of innocent people—games that despite attempts at industry self-regulation find their way into the hands of children,” Grassley told a Judiciary Committee, according to The Hill.
He also said: “The deaths in Newtown should not be used to put forward any gun control proposal that’s been floating around for years.”
Should video games bear the brunt of legislation to limit gun violence? Or do first-person shooters and other games have little to do with recent shootings?