David Brooks: No Evidence Violent Media Causes Violence

In the gun control/ violence debate, we need to know what evidence is out there supporting or refuting various arguments. David Brooks addresses the common argument that violent movies and video games cause violence.

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13 Responses to David Brooks: No Evidence Violent Media Causes Violence

  1. Suzicue says:

    I may have misunderstood the comment about ensuring people with mental illness history cannot buy guns.

    My thoughts are that the stigma may be due to the fact that people who get mental treatment are automatically thought of as being dangerous – I believe that is the stigma that keeps people from getting help – and then when it is said that those people will have what is currently a right for citizens taken away from them – this seems to increase the likelihood of continuing the stigma. It paints everyone with the same brush.

    Sounds a little like big brother to focus in on a segment of the population that consists of many well-meaning people who just want to focus on improving their abilities to cope without prejudice. My guess is that 65% of the population or more would have to have their gun rights removed leaving a segment with rights simply because they have no history of treatment – not necessarily because they are truly whole people.

    I enjoyed the post and video, though – I don’t believe video games are any more of a contributor than anything else – distortions presented on tv, movies, an overly judgmental, distorted society.

    • Point taken. I am the furthest thing from a mental health professional, so my opinion of which people with mental illnesses should not be given access to guns is worthless. I do think we could do this without being too ‘big-brotherish’ however. Pilots, for example, are given psych exams in order to maintain their licences, as are many police officers.

      Perhaps I’ll go and try to find some articles written by psychologists and neuroscientists surrounding this and see what ideas are out there.

      Thanks for your comment!

      • Suzicue says:

        Thank you.

        I believe many people who seek help are brave and healthy to do so – it is a sign of health. Once a right is taken away for these people (unless it is taken away from society as a whole) fewer people will seek help, increasing the stigma, and there may actually be an increase in problems. Will you think about adding sociologist articles to your research, and present both the possible benefits and the potential risks of the action – and what could be perceived as disenfranchisement of a rather large segment of the population. Some governing body would have to make these decisions – a governing body that may consist of people with their own mental health issues. Look at our political institutions – legal, powerful, and not always mentally stable in their activity – not always reasonable. Drawing that line in the sand would be an interesting exercise in the idea of civil liberties verses containment. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to express my concerns.

      • That’s a great idea. I will try to find some thought provoking stuff on the lines of what you suggested.

        Thanks for the feedback!

      • Suzicue says:

        You’re welcome! 🙂

    • I just posted the first article surrounding mental health. Check it out and let me know if that was in the ballpark of what you had in mind. I’ll do more, I just wanted to know if I’m pointed in the right direction.

  2. Adam says:

    I want to share an amazing short film called “A Perfect Day” about a potential mass shooter on the morning of, and an unsuspecting stranger who opens the shooter’s eyes to the implications of what he’s about to do. Powerful stuff!

  3. I don’t think it’s fair to blame games and movies. It’s the parents responsibility to refrain their children from buying or watching inappropriate things. Plus there has always been an underlying mental illness epidemic in this country. We are just now really discussing it because of these mass shootings.

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