SouthingtonSOS to Collect, Destroy Violent Games, not Guns

| by Michael Allen
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SouthingtonSOS, in Southington, Connecticut, is offering a $25 gift card to people who turn in their violent video games, which the city will destroy on January 12.

People handing in their video games, movies or other violent media will receive a $25 gift voucher for other forms of entertainment, reports

SouthingtonSOS claims their 'Violent Video Game Return Program' will not lead to censorship.

Oddly, the group is not calling for people to turn in their guns, which can actually cause death.

SouthingtonSOS - which includes members of the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, board of education, fire department, town officials, United Way and local clergy - says they are not doing this drive because of similar calls by the National Rifle Association.

SouthingtonSOS released the following statement:

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.

Researchers have never found a proven link between violent video games and real-life shootings, despite SouthingtonSOS' claim of "ample evidence."