In the great state of Pennsylvania Rep. Christopher Quinn wants to make a new tax law. The purpose of this law is to raise money to help protect schools against mass shootings. This money will be used to buy upgrades for public school security including metal detectors, bulletproof glass, security cameras and more. It’s a pretty simple idea to help protect children from gun violence. However, the tax itself seems to be a little misguided. Quinn would like to put a 10% tax on the sale of violent video games. The idea here is to use the source of the gun violence issue to fund the protection of school children. The problem with this idea is that violent video games to do not cause mass shootings.
Study of gamers and violence
Over the years there have been more studies on this subject than I can count. To keep things short I am only going to talk about the most recent study I could find. The other studies I have read have come to the same conclusion.
A study published by the Royal Society on February 13, 2019, and authored by Andrew K. Przybylski and Netta Weinstein, stated that there was no relation between young people playing video games and aggressive behavior. The study looked at over a thousand adolescents and their behavior surrounding video games. Half were male, half were female, and they were all between the ages of 14 and 15. The study was very thorough in its approach and seems to have covered all the angles.
The conclusion was fairly clear when they stated, “There was no evidence for a critical tipping point relating violent game engagement to aggressive behavior.”