A 4-year-old Saudi boy shoots and kills his dad because he would not buy him a Sony PlayStation gaming system. The child was so angry that he grabbed his father’s pistol and shot him in the head. The shooting took place after the dad returned him to the boy without the gaming system.
The man had carried a weapon and had put it down momentarily to undress, but the child grabbed it and fired at him from close range.
Police face a tough decision on how to handle the boy’s crime because the incident is surreal and bizarre in nation.
Violence has been linked to video games; numerous studies have shown that more and more children are playing the violent video games, which leads to greater aggression.
American talk show host Dr. Phil expressed his fear of children’s exposure to violence, by calling them “killing simulators” for children.
“If you shoot somebody in one of these games, you don’t go to jail, you don’t get penalized in some way-you get extra points! [Children] use more aggressive language, they do use more aggressive imagines, they have less ability to control their anger and they externalize things in these violent ways. It’s absolutely not good,” Dr. Phil says on his website.
In this case, the 4-year-old had likely seen shootings enacted in a video game he played. When he shot his father, he did not realize he would actually cause him harm; he was merely copying what he had already seen. There have been other cases of kids acting out or harming someone else after playing a video game.
The Supreme Court struck down a ban in 2011 on selling violent video games to minors after much debate and campaigning by parents.