Guns and Scant Mental Healthcare, But Also a Culture of Violence

Science hasn’t found a link between violent video games and violent crimes, but here’s John Herrman, a player of violent video games, on why he thinks violent video games DO need to be part of the discussion about violence in this country: “It’s not crazy to feel uneasy that young men’s most influential entertainment products, the cultural touchstones they do and will reminisce about in adulthood, are built around the premise of empathizing with a man with a gun in his hand, who kills not in the crudely symmetrical and grim manner of war but gleefully commits mass slaughter.”