As public officials attempt to sort out the root causes of the Virginia Tech massacre, it seems clear from their comments that violent games will get a long look, along with gun control and mental health issues.
As reported by the Associated Press, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (R, left) and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt spoke about the VTU shooting at a Friday news conference. Said the Governor:
For all of us, it was a wake-up call. One could blame guns. One could blame access to the media. One could blame video games.
Utah, of course, experienced its own deadly shooting event earlier this year when 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic killed four people at a Salt Lake City Mall before being shot to death by police officers. Investigators said they recovered no video games from Talovic’s residence
Utah NPR affiliate KCPW reports Leavitt as saying:
Inevitably we’ll have conversation about guns. We have video games and the media and its impact. Inevitably we’ll hear conversations about mental health…
Leavitt, who appeared on Meet the Press last Sunday to discuss the Virginia Tech rampage with host Tim Russert, described the search for causes as “incredibly complex.”
President Bush has asked his advisors for a report on the issue within 30 days.