Town holds event to lessen the number of violent videogames in citizens' homes.
As memories of the recent shooting continue to linger, community members in Southington, Connecticut are targeting what they see as a potential problem: violent videogames. A group called SouthingtonSOS will be holding a violent game buyback program on January 12, offering gift certificates to citizens who hand over their interactive entertainment.
"There is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety," the group said in a statement, adding that the content "is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying."
The group is quick to note that the event isn't intended to suggest that videogames were the cause of the Sandy Hook incident. The program is being promoted by the Southington Board of Education, which sent out emails to residents to notify them of the event.