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Violent games encourage knife crime, says Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson has pointed the finger at violent video games for being a cause of knife crime in the Capital.

In a piece railing against ‘London’s knife crisis’ written for thelondonpaper, the blunder-prone public figure writes: “We must show young people that knives are not cool, and for that we need positive role models.”

“I want to counteract the damaging influences drug-addled celebrities and violent video games and the lure of the life in the gang by providing opportunities.”

It’s not the first time Boris has been critical of video games.

In January, 2007, he posted a piece on his website entitled ‘The writing is on the wall – computer games rot the brain’.

The article was a lengthy diatribe calling for readers to “garrotte the Game Boy and paralyse the PlayStation”, while terming games as “narcotics for children.”

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