Shocking: CNN Town Hall has Thoughtful Discussion on Guns, Violence, and Violent Media

February 1, 2013 -

Destructoid has an excellent recap of a CNN Town Hall lead by Anderson Cooper that actually discusses the issue of gun violence in a sensible way (thanks to PHX Corp. for the link in the shout box) and even includes a lengthy discussion on mental health issues. The segment highlighted by Destructoid from CNN's Town Hall: Guns Under Fire special called "The mental health stigma and violence" features Grand Theft Childhood author Cheryl K. Olson, who has proven to be a reasonable voice in just about every public forum I have seen her speak on.

While the segment is not all that long, Olson points out that, according to her own research, "[T]he typical 13-year-old boy is playing at least one mature-rated violent game on a regular basis. And when you are looking at something very rare like a school shooting, and something that's statistically normal like playing violent videogames, it's kind of hard to make that link."

Host Anderson Cooper agrees with her, noting: "I looked at the study in ten different countries between gun violence and videogame sales, and it doesn't seem like there's a link in all these different countries."

You can go read the rest of Destructoid's excellent analysis here and you can check out the entire town hall on CNN.


Comments

Re: Shocking: CNN Town Hall has Thoughtful Discussion on ...

That may have been, but Thursday night's show hosted by Erin Burnett was the complete opposite.

Erin Burnett was trying everything she could to get her guests to agree with her that video games are the devil spawn. You could see her disappointment when her guests refused to play along. She had a hard time masking her scorn, and the "I know better than you" attitude.

This woman is the worst of the worst on TV. Opinionated in that worst ignorant way possible mastered by the Fox News talking heads.

Re: Shocking: CNN Town Hall has Thoughtful Discussion on ...

David Jaffe didn't take to kindly to her segment either.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121849-David-Jaffe-Lashes-Out-...

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Shocking: CNN Town Hall has Thoughtful Discussion on ...

Of course that brings up the question: Do we really want David Jaffe as the representative voice of the gaming industry and community?

Re: Shocking: CNN Town Hall has Thoughtful Discussion on ...

Did someone suggest him for the job?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Shocking: CNN Town Hall has Thoughtful Discussion on ...

I think he did every time he opens his mouth at the mainstream media.

 
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