Officials in Wicomico County, Maryland have blamed violent video games and rap music for what they say is a burgeoning gang problem.
As reported by the Delmarva Daily Times, Wicomico County Gang Resistance director Dan Dougherty told a community meeting on Monday evening:
Now you turn on the TV and see carnage … Extreme raw violence is making an impact on our young people, and we’re growing an acceptance for it.
In Grand Theft Auto, you score points by killing cops, stealing cars and beating prostitutes. In the ’80s and ’90s, you didn’t have video games, you didn’t have the violence in the media, you didn’t have the Internet. It creates a lack of respect for life and makes violence acceptable.