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By Ashley Yarchin

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week isn't just changing school policies around the country, it's also effecting how parents act at home. Some people are changing their minds about Christmas presents after the tragedy.

Some of the most popular gifts in recent years have been violent video games. Experts say they don't exactly cause kids to be violent, but they explain that those videos games, movies, toy guns and the like desensitize children to violence.

One pediatrician and parent at St. Louis Children's Hospital explains that it's a step by step accumulation over time of all of those elements that lead us to be less sensitive to such death and destruction. So, Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann discussed some alternatives gifts for this holiday season.

"We have a rocket launcher that shoots a Styrofoam rocket and we've got various Styrofoam darts," she said. "Projectiles are great for kids, and also kids have a normal need and desire to be destructive. It's part of their normal development, but let them build block and Lego castles and forts and then crash them down. Shooting games is not really the best outlet for that need to be destructive," she said.

NewsChannel 5 called around to some local stores that sell those violent video games. None of the employees would speak on the record but did say that since Friday's shooting, there has been a downturn in sales when it comes to parents making the purchase.