No amount of mental health care and gun control can stop violence in a population of children trained by hours of media to see violence as a way of life. First person shooter games are turning out young killers whose brains and motor skills are wired for stalking and killing. Winning is based on the player’s kill rate. In young minds there’s no connection between the animated massacres and the pain and unbearable suffering of real life.
Parent’s guidance and supervision are the only answer. No money for the purchase of violent video games. No time on computers for violent video games. Parental networking and support to eliminate the “everyone does it”, and “if they don ‘t do it here, they’ll do it somewhere else”, excuses.
Loving parents cannot justify training children to be killers. Allowing violent video games to be part of young people’s lives is like leaving a loaded gun in the house. Most will never misuse it, but some will, because it’s so familiar and they’ve become virtual experts at using it.