Letter on Video Game Violence

by Mike Shea on 12 April 2005

Here's the note I sent to Hillary Clintion, Rick Santorum, Sam Brownback regarding the statement Hillary Clinton made on video game violence:

Seventeen thousand people died in alcohol related deaths in the US in 2003. Neither the FBI, the Justice department, or the National Center for Health Statistics has ever reported a single death due to video games.

Video games do not create violent children anymore than movies, books, TV shows, social friendships, or parental upbringing. If you pay enough money, you will eventually find someone willing to give you false statistics to back up your opinion on the "silent epidemic of media desensitisation". How can you make a statement like that and then expect to have an unbiased study? Save the $90 million dollars for better education and parenting initiatives and leave the first amendment alone. Continue this path and you will lose my vote and many other democratic votes in 2008.

Thirty thousand people died in firearm related deaths in 2002. Our country has real threats and real problems to spend our money on. Spend our money on those and stop chasing shadows.

Here's the version I sent to Virginia Senators, Charles Robb and John Warner:

Recently Senator Hillary Clinton made the statement that video game violence was a "silent epidemic of media desensitisation".

Seventeen thousand people died in alcohol related deaths in the US in 2003. Neither the FBI, the Justice department, or the National Center for Health Statistics has ever reported a single death due to video games.

Video games do not create violent children anymore than movies, books, TV shows, social friendships, or parental upbringing. If they pay enough money, they will eventually find someone willing to give you false statistics to back up their opinion on the "silent epidemic of media desensitisation". Save the $90 million dollars for better education and parenting initiatives and leave the first amendment alone. Oppose Hillary Clinton's call for the $90 million dollar study into video game violence.

Thirty thousand people died in firearm related deaths in 2002. Our country has real threats and real problems to spend our money on.

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