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Are violent media images and video games contributing to gun violence?

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Jose Bazurto readily admits it.  He's at his computer - sometimes five to six hours a day - playing games. He doesn't see a problem. The President is wondering if video games are contributing to gun violence.

As part of the comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence, The Obama Administration is asking the Centers for Disease Control and other research agencies to look into the causes and prevention of gun violence.

The Presidents says he also wants researchers "to explore the impact of violent media images and video games.

"I don't think games are an issue", says Bazurto. The 19 year old college graduate says "I do play them but I've never had a violent moment where it urges me". He says he doesn't get an adrenaline rush. He doesn't need a gun.

Bazurto, who studied computer science, says he plays "mostly strategy games to make me think but the top 2 games I play - they involve guns".

While playing the game 'Xcom', which is about an alien invasion, Bazurto says "there's a certain barrier. Every gamer knows it. It's that feel - you know that this is a game - which is real and which is not."

But other "gamers" tell WBTV they understand the call for research into the games' effect on players.

"I have Battlefield, Call of Duty - most of the shooting games - violent games I guess", says Johnny Carpenter, as he stepped out of store with newest game "Kingdom Hearts".

Carpenter says research is probably needed "to the extent when it comes to younger kids and children. Too much game playing does have an effect. When I play a game you get into that reality".

And about children who are playing games marketed as "mature" and meant for older players?

"Some of my little cousins-  they'll play video games and when they get done playing video games - they'll go outside in the yard and start playing like they're in video games", says Joshua Dechamps. "You never know how it will impact real life."

Dechamps says he believes video games are playing a role in the violence. "Because as you look at it, some people get the video game world mixed up with the real world and then they try to do stuff they see in video games".

The way Arlene Blocker sees it, parents have some responsibilities when it comes to violent images and video games children are playing.

"I  think if that's the child whole life, it could have an impact", she says. "But if you have an active lifestyle with the child - spend some time with them, teach them right from wrong, you go to Church, pick the games they're able to play".

Blocker adds "if you have a lifestyle where you are promoting the right values and they see it just as a game and not real life, you explain the difference - I think it's fine".

Jose Bazurto says in his opinion playing games is the same as watching an action movie. People know it's just a movie. Players know they're playing a game.

"I don't think we need to put too much into it - it's entertainment."

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