Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Gun laws can prevent violent games reality

'guns did not create these killers', writes your correspondent, Rod Raso (Write Back, December 18).

While I cannot pretend to understand the psychopathology of the US gun culture, I would be unsurprised to learn that the shoot-and-kill video games to which children seem sadly addicted are themselves a cultural phenomenon of a gun-obsessed national psychology. Thus, Mr Raso's causal reasoning is, I suspect, the wrong way around.

Although it may be too late to dissuade children from playing violent video games, a responsible government can, in denying easy access to firearms, at least legislate to prevent children subsequently enacting these fantasies in real life.

CHRIS HUTCHISON

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