Newtown Neighbor Plans Video Game Burning
Donors to receive gift certificates
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2013 5:53 AM CST
People work on the installation of 26 stars on the roof of the Sandy Hook fire station Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/The News-Times, Brett Coomer)

(Newser) – A Connecticut town is getting ready to burn violent video games to protest their "desensitizing" influence on children, the Guardian reports. A group based in Southington, which sits a half-hour from Newtown, is calling on locals to donate their games, DVDs, and CDs in exchange for gift certificates "as a token of appreciation for their action of responsible citizenship," the group says. "Violent games turned in will be destroyed"—burned by town workers, according to tech site Polygon—"and placed in the town dumpster for appropriate permanent disposal."

Southington SOS encompasses several different organizations from the town, which is providing the dumpster, the group says. The group doesn't blame violent video games for the shooting on Dec. 14, it says, but believes such media have "contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying." Meanwhile, Gabby Giffords heads to Newtown today.

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Marelicia
Jan 5, 2013 10:22 AM CST
"The group doesn't blame violent video games for the shooting on Dec. 14, 2012 it says, but believes such media have "contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying." "stooopid groups. stoopid adults. stoopid kids. the violent video games that are produced, made or purchased for rich spoiled stoopid kids are actually FAKE FAKE acts of violence. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Know and understand the difference, if you are capable of such. Real acts of violence vs. Fake Fake acts of Violence. lol.lol.lol. Tell us again, What exactly contributes to REAL violence in the REAL world, excluding all FAKE FAKE acts of violence in the FAKE worlds !!! We are patient-l-y waiting.
Pure_Insanity
Jan 4, 2013 10:32 PM CST
It's a stupid debate. Some kids are pre-disposed to violence and drugs because of their mental state, depending on environmental and genetic factors. Others are not. Obviously the amount of exposure makes a huge difference. Parents, teachers and society has its place to teach right and wrong, but sometimes they fail in doing so. Are video games to blame? Movies? Teachers? Parents? We are what we consume and if we constantly are bombarded with evil, some will rise above, but most, sadly will not. Parents, especially in todays society, can only protect their children so much but censoring video games and such is not the answer. Spend some time with your kids and instill some positive role modeling so that when they are faced with morally compromising decisions, they have the strength to RISE ABOVE.
AEK
Jan 4, 2013 7:12 PM CST
Kids in Japan play every violent videogame that kids here play but you don't see them shooting up schools or anything else. Of course, then again, they don't have guns...