For this first impression post, I chose the second option. Violence in the media has been around for years. I grew up with three older brothers and I remember listening to them yell at the desktop computer because of some Battlefront Star Wars game or other action game. I have never personally been super invested into video games. My only experience really being Mario Kart or Super Smash Brothers Brawl. But I have been forced to think more about them due to the interest in the rise of shooters. As there does seem to be more and more shooting, people have become concerned as to whether advanced technology and gruesome video games have become the cause.
I do not believe the root cause of them is violent video games. I think there are many factors which influence a person making the decision to do a violent action. One of these factors could involve the video game world but other factors could be a difficult childhood, absent parents, or the diagnosis of some mental issue.
But, I believe the video games are not helping because of the realistic graphics and how advanced the technology has become. It is unrealistic to believe video game companies are going to completely stop producing video games with blood and violence. It is good for those companies to be aware of the possible connection between the shooting and the games and maybe adjust their products in the future.
I believe a solution to this problem is to monitor the use of video games for a person and understand which ones will influence you. This will have to be done on a case by case basis. Each person and family will have to decide which video games are going to emotionally affect them. Overall, video game companies need to be aware of this issue and parents need to take time to monitor what their kids are spending their time doing.