A small town in Connecticut is planning a collection drive to allow parents and families to return violent video games to a community group, where they will be snapped and incinerated.
The town of Southington, about 30 miles away from the site of the recent school shootings in Newtown, is holding the event which is being organised by SouthingtonSOS, a collection of community representatives from organisations such as the YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, the fire department, local government and others.
The press release about the event explains that “The group’s action is not intended to be construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14th.”
“Rather, SouthingtonSOS is saying is that 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 and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying. Social and political commentators, as well as elected officials including the president, are attributing violent crime to many factors including inadequate gun control laws, a culture of violence and a recreational culture of violence.”
Southington’s Video Game Return Program will kick off on January 12.
Source: Polygon (thanks, PalZer0)