Violent video games may play role in some mass shootings, expert says

Many politicians are saying video games where the main objective involves the player shooting and killing other individuals, like Overwatch, Fortnite and Call of Duty, could lead to violent tendencies.

Posted: Aug 5, 2019 7:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- In response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, President Donald Trump and other political leaders are saying violent video games are connected to mass shootings, and some local experts agree.

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Last Saturday, an active shooter killed 22 people and injured at least two dozen at a Walmart in El Paso, and early Sunday morning, another gunman opened fire in a popular nightlife district in Dayton killing at least nine people.

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Now, many politicians are saying video games where the main objective involves the player shooting and killing other individuals, like Overwatch, Fortnite and Call of Duty, could lead to violent tendencies.

William Betts, a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Eugene, said that could be the case.

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"The old saying goes that garbage in garbage out,” said Betts. “There would be a level of that that I would expect to impact."

Betts also said there’s not an actual solution to mass shootings because all shooters are different and come from different backgrounds.

KEZI 9 News talked to gamer Michael Koval about his experience with violent video games. He says they don't make him feel violent. 

"I play those games and yeah maybe I  killed somebody in them but I'm not about to go to work and shoot up the place."

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