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BlueGalaxy
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Video game violence does not contribute significantly to school shootings.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/16/2010 Category: Society
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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TBooth

Pro

I argue that the exposure to video game violence does not contribute significantly to school shootings, but rather, the living environment of the individual.
BlueGalaxy

Con

It has been proven that there is a casual link between predisposed kids that end up fulfilling their disposition via the cognitive deterioration of emotional tolerance by playing violent video games[1]. Case in point.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com...
Debate Round No. 1
TBooth

Pro

"It has been proven that there is a casual link between predisposed kids that end up fulfilling their disposition via the cognitive deterioration of emotional tolerance by playing violent video games[1]. Case in point."
[1]http://www.msnbc.msn.com......

I would like to add to Con's statement that it has also been proven that the amount of school shootings since 1993 have significantly decreased[2]. Let's look at what game genres that we have present today cause aggression in teens. According to con's earlier source[1], the main genre of video games that cause "the deterioration of emotional tolerance" are violent first-person shooters, such as ones mentioned like "Call of Duty" and "Medal of Honor: Frontline". It's relation with school shootings has a vital flaw, though. Throughout the period of time (from 1993 - 2001), when school shootings were at their peak in this statistic[2], the more violent genres of first-person shooters that caused aggression in teens[1] did not exist. At this point, it must be safe to assume that it was not the violent video games that heavily influenced the school shootings.

[1] http://www.msnbc.msn.com...
[2] http://youthviolence.edschool.virginia.edu...
BlueGalaxy

Con

The title of this argument is "Video game violence does not contribute significantly to school shootings." The kids who are predisposed susceptibility to the emotional deterioration ultimately are the ones who shoot up the schools, ergo video game violence in theory does significantly contribute to school shootings. Therein your evidences are invalidated and I win the argument.
Debate Round No. 2
TBooth

Pro

I would think that you would understand by now that it is the voters who ultimately decide who wins the argument, not you. Anywho, my response:

"The title of this argument is "Video game violence does not contribute significantly to school shootings." The kids who are predisposed susceptibility to the emotional deterioration ultimately are the ones who shoot up the schools, ergo video game violence in theory does significantly contribute to school shootings. Therein your evidences are invalidated and I win the argument."

Con has not addressed my initial evidence, nor has the slightest hint of evidence to back up his claim.
If violent video games were the cause for these school shootings, then tell me: what happened to all of the other factors that caused the earlier shootings? Our school systems today have undoubtably learned to combat them significantly, but not completely.

Another thing that I must present is the likeliness of violent video games influencing students to commit these crimes. Video games, as well as the violent ones, are imbued into our society. They provide entertainment and satisfaction for millions of teens in the United States. Although it has been shown that they can cause aggression in certain cases, for the most part, they do not play a significant role.
"School shootings are not a simple issue with a single solution. This violence is rooted in psychological imbalances within the students themselves, poor parenting and a decay in significance of traditional institutions along with the guilt forces they rely on for effectiveness - to name a just a few."[1]
With nearly all statistics on school shootings, these factors that contribute to the crimes appear in virtually every case. The part that video game violence plays is very insignificant indeed.

Conclusion:

Most, if not all school shootings are rooted in psychological imbalances within the students themselves, poor parenting and a decay in significance of traditional institutions along with the guilt forces they rely on for effectiveness[1], not violent video games.
The real cause lies significantly more with the student and his/her social environment, rather than the entertainment activities(violent video games) he/she partakes in.

Sources:
http://www.holology.com...
BlueGalaxy

Con

BlueGalaxy forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by TBooth 6 years ago
TBooth
Crap, Voted for myself - thought it wouldn't work...
Posted by m93samman 6 years ago
m93samman
"I made home made fried onions"... seems redundant, but koopin makes m93samman happy
Posted by XStrikeX 6 years ago
XStrikeX
That's awesome, Koopin.
Posted by Koopin 6 years ago
Koopin
I made home made fried onions today.
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