This generation has been shaken by violent cases of child murderers that is hard for our minds to comprehend, or to accept. How can a naive child or young adult commit such a crime? Where do they get the idea? Where do they learn it from? Sure, some say that our world has just become corrupted, and that because all men are evil, violence is bound to happen. But how can we explain kids killing their parents, classmates, and society? There is no way to fully understand why kids of this generation have become so interested in violence, gun violence, and crime; however, there is one factor that has been a strong contributor.
In Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, John Leo writes that “Piolets train on flight simulators, drivers on driving simulators, and now we have our children on murder simulators.” This murder simulator that Leo refers to are violent video games. Those video games that used to exist to kill fictional “monsters” and “evil characters,” rapidly are becoming more and more adapted to real life. Some videogames even have the ability to just shoot innocent civilians and police officers for no reason. These violent videogames train children into thinking that killing is a casual and nonchalant game.
Violent videogames are fine when they keep the line between fantasy and reality. In fact, those videogames can help a child release his/or her stress; or, help him release inner violence in a safe way. However, as more and more violent videogames cross the line of fantasy and step into a real world with real people and realistic sound effects, the player’s conscience becomes more adapted to killing, and becomes more willing to kill.
We have to keep in mind that children’s minds are young and developing. They learn at a fast rate, and they soak in information and knowledge like a sponge. Introducing these violent videogames to them is basically saying “hey, its okay to kill police officers and your neighbors…” Their consciences are too young to decipher what is right from wrong. They will follow after what is provided to them before their eyes.
Going back to Leo’s statement: “Piolets train on flight simulators, drivers on driving simulators, and now we have our children on murder simulators.” Let us strongly oppose putting kids on murder simulators. Those kids are the future of the next generation, and the world we will be living in. The Connecticut shooting, is not someone else’s tragic story. It can happen in our town if kids continue to be trained in violence, and the last thing we want is another tragedy.