Newtown Neighbor Plans Video Game Burning

Donors to receive gift certificates

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 4, 2013 5:53 AM CST

(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.

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)
A bus traveling from Newtown, Conn., to Monroe stops in front of 26 angels along the roadside on the first day of classes for Sandy Hook Elementary School students.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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