The Ohio father who survived his son attempting to murder him after he took away his video games is applauding President Barack Obama's call for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct research on the effects of violent video games on America's youth (as it relates to gun violence). Speaking to local news station Fox 8, Mark Petric of Wellington, Ohio said that he was happy that the President called for research and hoped that Congress would greenlight the $10 million in funding so the CDC could get to work.
"I commend the president for doing this," Petric said.
Back in 2007 his then 16-year-old son Daniel stole a gun from his father's lockbox and attempted to kill him and his wife after his father took his video game system away and banned him from playing Halo 3. While Mark Petric sustained a head injury, his wife Sue Petric died. His son was found guilty in September of 2009 and has been serving a life sentence with a possibility of parole after 23 years.
"He got involved in the violent graphic video games and became addicted to them and was playing as much as 18 hours a day," Petric told Fox 8.
Petric, a pastor, believes that his son was desensitized by violent video games and he thinks that an official will confirm what he already knows.
"The violence in these games and in the media has an effect on our kids. They are going to study this and they are going to see it is true," Petric said.
Petric also told Fox 8 that he would like to see the most violent video games banned in the United States.
Source: Fox 8