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February 16, 2013

In the gun debate, is there common ground?


Miller said he realizes no studies directly linking shooter video games to mass shootings or violent behavior, but he does believe those games and the amount of violence on television and in the movies does have an influence on young people.

And Greenough said large media corporations can’t have it both ways. On one hand media executives say it’s worth millions of dollars to buy commercial time during the Super Bowl to have an influence on what type of cola someone will drink, he said. But, when violence in television shows, movies and games is discussed, the same people say that doesn’t have any influence on someone.

Norland echoed that assessment.

“Both kids and adults, we learn from TV, we learn from video games, we learn from the people around us,” she said. “We learn all the time.”

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