Former FBI-Profiler: “Video Games Do Not Cause Violence”

A former FBI profiler and risk assessor has explained that video games aren’t the root of the violent outbursts that have caused tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, but that they can be a risk factor.

As Raw Story reports, former FBI analyst Mary Ellen O’Toole spoke to CBS News during a panel discussion on Sunday, offering her perspective. She said:

“It’s my experience that video games do not cause violence. However, it is one of the risk variables when we do a threat assessment for the risk to act out violently.

“It’s important that I point out that as a threat assessment and as a former FBI profiler, we don’t see these as the cause of violence, we see them as sources of fuelling ideation that’s already there.”

But, hey. What does the FBI know, anyway?

via GI International

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11 Comments on Former FBI-Profiler: “Video Games Do Not Cause Violence”


On February 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

One of those “well duh” things, but maybe it’ll get a whole 4 people to listen since it’s coming from this guy. Maybe. Probably not. Better then nothing I guess.


On February 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Since it’s coming from… this guy? Do you mean the male writer of the article? Or the female FBI profiler? I’m just confused as to who you mean.

But anyway, yeah, it’s not the cause… Which just means that maybe it’d help if parents were a little more careful on not giving rated M games to their under aged kids… That obviously wouldn’t do everything, but I’m sure it’d help a little at least…


On February 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I’m sorta getting a little worn out of the suggestion that “X thing causes violence”. I highly doubt that there’s any singular thing that causes a person to lash out violently, just like I highly doubt that violent video games CAN’T or DON’T have an effect on violence. I don’t think violent games need to be removed from the market, and I definitely don’t think that the vast overly large majority of people playing violent games are violent people. I don’t think video games are a blanket scape-goat of violence.

But at the same time, I don’t think it’s fair or right to make a blanket dismisal as a potential FACTOR in violence. I think it’s important to understand the effect they have on adults and, to a much higher degree, on children. But either way, I doubt anybody can point to “THE cause of violence” as though we just need to stop that one thing that’s causing it to be violence free.

No Sh*t, Sherlock

On February 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Finally, a sensible voice comes to the fore on this non-issue.


On February 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I think the video game industry has gotten a bit more organized nowadays. They aren’t the political pinata they used to be.

This is a political stunt by the President and politicians of both parties. For Republicans, to look like they are “doing something.” For The President, a realization that almost all of his proposals would solve nothing, won’t get passed by Congress even by members of his own party, but he wants a fig leaf, to again, show he is “doing something.”

moral of the story: Whenever a politician is in a hurry to “do something” take what he proposes with extreme prejudice.


On February 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

A voice of reason, and i mean the FBI profiler. Video games have never been the source of violence in recent years or really ever. No the only effect they have is the same effect of any other violent media. If a person is already disturbed enough that video games have an effect on them, then they have bigger problems.


On February 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Violence causes violence. A child gets abused then later on in life becomes a violent person. Hearing and seeing the horrible things people like Hitler, Pol Pot, and Saddem Hussien did brings out the inner assassin in all of us.


On February 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

The sad thing is it’s basically only the gaming community that this information is already obvious to. The rest of the country is still sofa king ignorant. Games cause people to have violent episodes like spoons cause peole to get fat. Obviously, individuals who are already f’ed in the head should not be playing anything M-rated. They also should not be allowed access to any movies rated higher than PG. And they definitely shouldn’t be allowed to possess anything sharper and more dangerous than a tennis ball. The point is that until americans decide to get serious about actually physically quarantining mentally f’ed up people until they get treatment, this is all just stupid smoke and mirrors. Of course, that would actually require making some hard choices and having some adult conversations, and we can’t have that.


On February 26, 2013 at 1:22 am

Videogames are the cause of all violence in the world. There’s a clear reason this guy is a ‘former’ FBI profiler, he was obviously fired for not being very good at it. Gamers are entitled, whiny psychos who should be locked up for their own protection. Stop crying about it and go outside.


On February 26, 2013 at 5:08 am

Exactly what do the Federal Bikini Inspectors know. LOOK according to Erin Burnett “guns don’t kill people video games do” and shes an anchor on CNN! and one more thing…………wait a sec by FBI you mean Federal Buareu(spelling I know) of Investigation oh well yeah those people know their s**t. Has anyone told Erin that because now she just looks silly.


On February 26, 2013 at 8:01 am


You just made my day. Cheers!