The Newtown tragedy has once again managed to turn the spotlight on violent media, video games included. Now it's reaching a whole new level of finger-pointing.
According to the Hartford Courant , a nearby Connecticut town's community leaders has arranged an event to collect and destroy violent video games, as well as CDs and DVDs. Southington is about a half-hour from Newtown, so they're obviously close to the shooting that left twenty children and six adults dead. And volunteers will assemble at the Southington Drive-In on January 12 to accept any games and other forms of violent media and promptly destroy them.
The incentive to do so is that each family who contributes will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant, the Lake Compounce amusement park, or a bowling alley. Well, that's nice of them. Said Southington board president of the chamber of commerce Charlie Cocuzza:
"We want to stop the violence in our community. Those games can cost $60 or $70. So we want to give families a certificate to do something fun and family-oriented, something where they can spend a couple of hours together instead."
This all being said, the community group in charge has stated that they're not directly linking games with the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Rather, they think it's time for parents to speak to their kids about whether or not playing violent video games is appropriate.
For the record: I have contributed several pieces to the Courant in the past; they are familiar with my work to some extent, and they will receive an article that addresses this issue. If it's accepted for publication, I'll let you all know. Something needs to be said.