In the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a community group is offering gift tokens to people who turn in their violent games to be destroyed - literally.
The group, named SouthingtonSOS is holding the trade-in event on January 12th in Southington, Connecticut. The gift certificates offered in return for violent videogames and movies are donated by Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce.
"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," the group explained in a statement to the press.
"Rather, SouthingtonSOS is saying 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."