Germany's violent game ban won't save lives

Germany's politicians are on the warpath and violent games are their target.With an election due in September, politicians in Germany want to rush thr

With an election due in September, politicians in Germany want to rush through laws that will prohibit the sale of violent games and ban companies from making them within its borders.

The move is a knee-jerk attempt to show the German public that action is being taken in response to the shocking school shootings in Albertville back in March.

But this move will do little to prevent a similar tragedy. When the FBI investigated the link between school shootings and violent games after a spate of school shootings in the USA, it came to the obvious conclusion: there is no link.

Millions of teenagers play violent games, yet school shootings are very rare. If there was a link such massacres should be an almost daily event.

That the Albertville murderer played violent videogames is no more a reason for his actions than the fact he probably ate potatoes at some point in his life.

This law won't save lives although it might save the careers of some German politicians.

The danger is that, having introduced a ban at home, Germany may begin to push for similar laws across the whole of the European Union.

Stopping under 18s from playing very violent games is fair enough, but surely adults should be the ones to decide whether to play these games not government officials.