Mass Shootings Aren’t Growing More Common


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Mass Shootings Aren’t Growing More Common – and Evidence Contradicts Common Stereotypes About the Killers
Christopher J. Ferguson | August 7, 2019

When 22 people were killed in El Paso, Texas, and nine more were killed in Dayton, Ohio, roughly 12 hours later, responses to the tragedy included many of the same myths and stereotypes Americans have grown used to hearing in the wake of a mass shooting.
As part of my work as a psychology researcher, I study mass homicides, as well as society’s reaction to them. A lot of bad information can follow in the wake of such emotional events; clear, data-based discussions of mass homicides can get lost among political narratives.
I’d like to clear up four common misconceptions about mass homicides and who commits them, based on the current state of research.
Violent Video Games Cause Mass Homicides?
By Monday morning after these latest shootings, President Donald Trump along with other Republican politicians had linked violent video games to mass shootings.
I’ll admit my surprise, since only last year the Trump administration convened a School Safety Commission which studied this issue, among many others. I myself testified, and the commission ultimately did not conclude there was sufficient evidence to link games and media to criminal violence. .....(More @ Link}

I don't agree at all that video games don't lead to violence or mass homicides.
Would we ever hear the El Paso shooter, the Dayton shooter, or any of the other mass terrorist shootings in America had that in common among the assailants? Imagine if that was in evidence and published nationally. Would responsible parents ever not only buy a first person shooter game for their child again, but let their child keep the games they have?
First person shooter games reward mass murder in a graphically real first person environment in those games.
How about the news that reported more than once boys dying of dehydration and other ailments because they locked themselves in their room for days playing video games? Those games weren't triggering something in the mind of those kids?

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