Obama talks gun violence and video games, Eastern Iowa reacts
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The President demanded more gun regulations Wednesday. He also asked for research on violent movies and games.
Counselors say children can't tell the difference between violence in games and movies and violence in real life, but those who are selling these games highlighting guns and death say there's other issues in this country leading to gun violence, not video games.
In a Cedar Rapids Video Games ETC! you can see violent games everywhere. Games like Halo and Call of Duty are some of the store's top sellers.
"It's very, United States I guess, style to play first person shooter games as they're called," said Keaton Kimble, Sales Associate.
Video games, like movies, have a rating system. But if a parent is with a child, the youngster can get a game that may not be age appropriate. It's something child counselors say damages a kid's sense of reality.
"When this person dies in their game, well they come back again," said Carla Hughes, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. "They don't have the cognitions to understand that in real life when they shoot someone, when somebody is dead, they don't come back again."
Carla Hughes is all for a study on violence in video games. She thinks it's important for the nation to see what she sees.
"Incidents of their negative behaviors is a lot higher than with kids who are not allowed to play the violent video games," said Hughes.
Gamers say there's bigger factors that lead to gun violence than games.
"Video games are a part of our social and our environment," said Kimble. "People are around them but I don't think that's the only thing to focus on necessarily."
Funding video game research was just one of the things President Obama asked Congress to do. He also wants them to pass proposals regarding: universal background checks, bans on military assault rifles, a 10-round limit for magazines, and help for law enforcement.
The president also signed 23 executive orders today that he says will give law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community tools to reduce gun violence.
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