According to the Connecticut Post, videogames fell under attack yet again during the winter meeting for the U.S. Conference of Mayors as Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy blamed the entertainment industry for the “destigmatizing” of violence. As such he proposed a focus on better handling mental health issues.
Speaking in front of a crowd of hundreds consisting of U.S. mayors on Saturday, Jan. 19, Malloy touched on hot button topics such as gun control, media violence and mental health.
“If we spent as much time and energy on destigmatizing mental health treatment as we do in the proliferation of these video games that destigmatize violence, we as a society would make great gains,” Malloy said.
While I agree with Malloy in suggesting we take leaps to destigmatize the issues of mental health treatment, he takes a slippery slope approach on videogames: “the day that Newtown happened,” continued Malloy, “there were games available that actually allowed people to go into a school in the game and shoot ‘em up.”
When we’re willing to destigmatize violence and willing to bring it home into your living room or your den and put it on a 50-inch screen [and play video games that award points] depending how many times you hit someone with your semiautomatic, where is the social value in that?” Malloy said. “Is this the kind of thing we want to be involved in as a nation?