It’s long been believed – by some – that violent movies and video games inspired mass shootings and other atrocities committed by young criminals. The massacre at Sandy Hook has been held up as a prime example. New research looking at movies as far back as 1920 suggests this might not be true, and that there’s no correlation between media violence and the country’s historic homicide rates.
Previous research has concluded that simulated violence desensitizes kids to real violence, and that playing violent video games makes young people more aggressive.
ABC’s Scott Goldberg joined us from New York.
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