Do video games and gun control belong in the same debate?
As the gun debate heats up in the US, a Tennessee senator has stated that he thinks video games are a bigger problem in the US than guns. President Obama and Vice President Biden have been addressing the ties between video games and gun violence over the past few weeks. Biden and Obama believe that research money needs to be spent on finding out once and for all whether or not there is a connection between video game use and aggression. Do your students think new studies will show a link between gun violence and video game violence?
“The single best thing we can do is have a national dialogue about this.” ~Vice President Joe Biden
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Try 2 Mini-Debates Lesson Plans
We recently updated two of our Mini-Debates lesson plans: Video Game Violence and Gun Control. Have you tried these lesson plans in the past? Please print out the updated versions to use this month. Discuss these current topics with your students, and decide whether or not video game violence and gun control are separate issues, or whether they belong in the same debate.
Another Related Debate Topic
A week after the Sandy Hook massacre, the executive vice president of the NRA said: “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games.” A few weeks later, the NRA released a gun shooting game in the App Store called “NRA: Practice Range”. The game is rated as appropriate for children 12+. According to CNN, at least 250,000 people have joined the NRA since the Sandy Hook shooting.