In a September 2001 article for “Psychological Science,” Bushman wrote that violent video games are a public health threat to children and young adults. “Furthermore, exposure is positively related to the main mechanism underlying long-term effects on the development of aggressive personality—aggressive cognition. Finally, exposure is positively linked to aggressive affect and physiological arousal.”
What is really at play here is not really about kids and shooter role-player games. It is really about what Dick Heller, the winning plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s Heller v. District of Columbia, declared, “virtual gun control.”
What the liberals really want is to break off the cultural transfer from one generation to the next.
Heller said he developed a love and curiosity about guns when he was a boy watching Westerns. This lifelong love of firearms has led him to winning target competitions, service in the 101st Airborne Division and his current job as a special police officer in Washington protecting federal workers in government buildings.
In this era, the fact is young people are not watching Westerns, but when they run around outside they are playing army with plastic guns or sticks—and when they are inside, they are playing video games.
In 10 to 15 years, those kids will not have become spree-shooters, rather they will be the next generation of collectors, target shooters, hunters and hopefully warriors in uniform.