Letter: Wrong to ban violence in videos

The Grand Theft Auto V video game is

The Grand Theft Auto V video game is on display in Hong Kong. (Sept. 17, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

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I am writing in response to "Gun violence from videos and movies" [Letters, Sept. 27]. The writer says that "the mass murdering of innocent unarmed civilians" with guns is a recent phenomenon caused by video games and violent movies, and that such works should be banned.

I ask, what movie inspired Andrew Jackson to kill American Indians by the thousands? What violent video game drove men like Al Capone and Charles "Lucky" Luciano to terrorize the United States during Prohibition? Did Adolf Hitler play "Grand Theft Auto"?

It's obvious that the problem of gun violence in America goes much further than an individual's exposure to depictions of violence in the popular media.

Just as it makes little sense to ban guns because of the actions of a handful of psychopaths, it is equally absurd to argue that movies and video games should be banned.

Louis Papa, Greenlawn
 

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