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24. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 1, 2013, 16:27 jdreyer
As soon as I see a large cohort study demonstrating definitively that games (fantasy) lead to crime in reality, I'll start to believe it. But this article is simply conjecture.

The fact is ALL violent crime has been on a steady downward trend for the past 20 years, while games have exploded exponentially in usage time and popularity during the same time period. Most crime is perpetrated by youths, the same group with which gaming is popular. Correlation is not causation, but if there was a connection, wouldn't you expect to see crime maintain its levels or go up, not go down?

There are other countries where people play games in similar amounts to the USA, yet have no gun violence. Japan, for example, has between 4-10 gun-related deaths per year. USA has over 12,000. Why? Japan has national comprehensive GUN CONTROL. It's really that simple.

EDIT: Draugr beat me to it.

This comment was edited on Feb 1, 2013, 16:43.
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