Evidence Not Necessary: Detroit Prosecutor Positive That Violent Video Games Cause Crime
from the please-don't-provide-any-evidence dept
There are plenty of folks who like to blame violent video games for crime despite a lack of any real proof. As has been pointed out time and time again, just as violent video games have become more popular, incidents of violent crime keep dropping. Obviously, there may be other factors involved, but if it were true that violent video games resulted in more violent crimes, then it at least suggests there’s one heck of an additional variable that not only compensates for this increased desire for violence, but pushes the stats even further in the other direction. And, certainly, while there are some researchers who insist that studies have shown that violent video games lead to violence, every time you look at the details of those studies, you realize that the data doesn’t support the claims.
Still, some people react to the issue from an emotional, rather than logical, point of view. This is human nature, so it’s not that surprising. However, when someone’s job is a gov’t prosecutor, you might think she would recognize the importance of real evidence before making statements. Not so for Wayne County, Michigan (which covers Detroit) prosecutor, Kym Worthy. In an interview with Wired, Worthy notes that evidence is meaningless to her on this issue: “No one can convince me that there isn’t a link between some of the gory, gritty, horrendous crime that we’ve been seeing in the past few years, particularly in the 18-25 year old group, [and] these games.” Apparently any evidence to the contrary are just “‘silly’ arguments made to justify a ‘billion-dollar industry based on the most violent of scenarios.'” Even better, Worthy wonders why kids can’t just go play football instead of playing video games. So why is it that virtual violence encourages more violence, but actual violence in the form of football doesn’t?