Newtown Neighbor Plans Video Game Burning

Donors to receive gift certificates
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2013 5:53 AM CST
Newtown Neighbor Plans Video Game Burning
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. (Read more Newtown, Connecticut stories.)

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