It’s been a long time since we saw major media outlets blaming violent tragedies on video games. Oh, silly me, that’s right. It’s actually only been four days.
Yet here we are again seeing major news outlets picking up the story of the Newtown, Connecticut shooter and his connection to video games. A report by the New York Daily News has revealed that the shooter kept a massive spreadsheet detailing information on other killers.
They’re calling him a deranged gamer. According to their police informant, it seems the shooter wanted to be the ‘best’ of the worst and rack up more kills than other mass shooters had managed before.
“This was the work of a video gamer, and that it was his intent to put his own name at the very top of that list. They believe that he picked an elementary school because he felt it was a point of least resistance, where he could rack up the greatest number of kills.”
What do we say to defend ourselves from this kind of attack on our medium? Or what about these quotes a bit later on?
“In the code of a gamer, even a deranged gamer like this little bastard, if somebody else kills you, they get your points. They believe that’s why he killed himself.”
“These guns, one of them an AR-15, in the hands of a violent, insane gamer. It was like porn to a rapist. They feed on it until they go out and say, enough of the video screen. Now I’m actually going to be a hunter.”
I’m honestly speechless. This violence debate seems primed to get a whole lot worse before it gets even a tiny bit better.
via: New York Daily News