Target: Congressman Duncan Hunter
Goal: Thank Congressman Hunter for publishing editorial contending that poor parenting puts youth at a greater risk for violence than video games
Last week, Congressman Duncan Hunter of California penned and published an editorial in which he made his view on the connection between violent video games and youth violence in the U.S. crystal clear. In Target parenting, not games for violence, Hunter states that poor parenting is a much higher risk factor for youth violence than video games could ever be.
Hunter blasts through worn out Republican smoke screen tactics such as relying on “family values” or the “traditional family” model (having both a mother and a father) and declares point blank what he believes the problem to be:
“Also overlooked is the obligation of parents and caretakers to exercise proper oversight of their children. Video games are present in millions of homes nationwide. They are there for the purpose of entertainment, the same way different types of literature and music have entertained past generations and new forms will continue to grab the attention of future generations. Targeting video games as the problem is nothing more than a distraction from the broader challenges presented by improper parenting and far more obvious triggers of violence.”
So the implication that video games are damaging is worthy more as a criticism of parents. Video games are meant to entertain and even teach in some cases. They are not intended to be replacements for good parenting. For those who view video games that way, they have some serious rethinking to do.
Later on in the editorial, Hunter backs up his statement by listing evidence from a recent scientific study that showed a gradual decrease in violent behavior not only in the U.S., but also in other countries even as sales numbers for video games continue to grow. Hunter closes his editorial with a direct challenge aimed right at those who would try to perpetuate the myth linking youth violence to video games:
“This all underscores an important point: Video games are not precursors to violence. So let’s stop pretending that an entertainment medium is the cause of the problem. Let’s look for solutions in the real world, not the virtual one.”
Help thank Congressman Hunter and make sure his important message reaches as many people as it can by signing this petition letter.
Dear Congressman Hunter,
Thank you so much for writing and publishing your editorial Target parenting, not games for violence. Your refusal to buy into the popular scapegoat myth linking youth violence with video games should serve as an example for many other members of Congress and parents nationwide.
I understand it is a slow process trying to get a majority of our country to pull the wool from over their eyes but thanks to you and your editorial, hopefully the gears will turn a bit quicker now. By signing this petition, I am personally thanking you for all your work and dedication towards presenting facts instead of myths.
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