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Letter: Video games desensitize us

To the Editor:

Missing from the public outcry between gun control advocates and Second Amendment supporters has been the cultural shift in the minds of many youth to be violent.

Years ago, early in the second Iraq war, the McHenry County Peace Group held a series of presentations, one of which featured Lt. Col. David Grossman, retired Army psychologist. He explained that video games were first developed to desensitize military personnel to killing.

Later, made available to the public, they became huge profit-makers for the industry. He has written many books on the psychology of killing, one of which co-authored with Gloria DeGetano is titled “Stop Teaching Our Children to Kill.”

They offer evidence based on major scientific studies that movies, TV and video games not only condition children to be violent and unaware of the consequences of that violence, but are teaching the very mechanics of killing. Bringing this important knowledge into the debate may begin to stop theses seemingly senseless tragedies. 

Nicholas C. Kockler

Woodstock

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