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School Shootings and Video Games
On April 20th, 1999, the Columbine High School Massacre jumpstarted the now commonplace modern phenomenon of high school shootings. At this point — at least in the United States — school shootings have tragically become a norm. Since Columbine, the frequency of these shootings has risen exponentially.
The media frenzy around the Columbine shooting was massive. Several people pointed fingers at video games as the culprit — Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators of the Columbine Shooting, were avid fans of the notoriously violent video game Doom.
Harris wrote in his journal in anticipation of the Columbine shooting that it was “like playing [the video game] Doom” and that his shotgun was “straight out of the game.”