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The boy shot his caregiver in the head

An 8-year-old Louisiana boy has shot and killed his caregiver, and the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" is being blamed for his actions.

The incident took place in a mobile home park near Slaughter, Louisiana, and the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office has ruled it a homicide. 

The boy, whose name has not been released, reportedly took a gun and shot his elderly caregiver -- identified as Marie Smothers, a woman of about 87-90 years old (her age hasn't been confirmed yet) -- in the head. The gun is believed to be Smothers'.

The boy said it was an accident, but officers believe it was intentional. The theory is that the boy took the gun and shot Smothers in the head while she was watching TV.

According to reports, officers noted that the boy was playing "Grand Theft Auto IV" right before the murder occurred. The child's motivation for the murder hasn't been confirmed as violence learned from the video game, but reports are leaning in that direction. They seem to be just assumptions with no real evidence. 

Grand Theft Auto IV

Reports also note that the child had a normal and loving relationship with Smothers.

The child has been released into the custody of his parents and likely won't be charged for the crime considering his age, according to Huffington Post

Whether or not video games lead to violent behavior has been a question under review for some time now. Many conflicting studies have been conducted on the subject, but none provide definitive evidence for or against the claim.

For instance, a 2011 study by researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) found that the brain becomes less responsive to violence after excessive and short exposure -- meaning that video game violence leads to an increase in aggression as the line between appropriate behavior and inappropriate behavior is blurred. 

The National Rifle Association (NRA) even blamed violent video games for violent crimes earlier this year after the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. 

However, a 2007 study by Texas A&M International University researchers in Laredo, Texas found no real link between violent video games and aggressive behavior. 

"Grand Theft Auto" is a video game series that allows gamers to engage in motor vehicle theft within the game. It has strong adult themes, such as the use of weapons and even sexual content, and it is rated "M" for mature. 

Source: Huffington Post

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Rated 'M'
By Nekrik on 8/26/2013 2:06:06 PM , Rating: 5
and who takes the blame that an 8 year old was playing a 'mature' rated game?

Seems like the parties responsible for that decision should be considered as well.

RE: Rated 'M'
By Flunk on 8/26/2013 2:27:35 PM , Rating: 5
I think the parties involved are really the only things that need to be considered. Child has access to loaded firearm, M rated video games and who knows what else.

But we all know that the gun is the real problem. Small children and loaded guns don't mix. It sounds like they're talking about games to deflect from the real problem here.

RE: Rated 'M'
By Souka on 8/26/2013 2:44:49 PM , Rating: 5
Couple things...

How'd the kid get the gun? The caregiver is at fault for this happening.

Who let the kid play this game? The caregiver is at fault.

I have twin 8yr old boys... GTA is one game they do not need to play, its just sad really.

RE: Rated 'M'
By Motoman on 8/26/2013 3:03:01 PM , Rating: 5
This is kind of the thing.

Firstly, don't blame the video game (or the movie or the comic book or whatever). is an M-rated game, and no responsible parent or caregiver should be letting an 8-year-old play it.

Secondly, anyone who owns firearms has to be responsible for that firearm...and that means making it 100% impossible for a child to get their hands on a loaded weapon.

Who knows what the kid was thinking...whether he thought he was playing or knew the gun was real and loaded - indeed, whether or not he really grasps the concept of killing someone and making them dead, forever. But it's absolutely inexcusable for a child to be able to gain access to a loaded weapon, regardless of whatever else was going on.

RE: Rated 'M'
By tng on 8/26/13, Rating: 0
RE: Rated 'M'
By ClownPuncher on 8/26/2013 5:53:10 PM , Rating: 3
Accidents happen to the best society has to offer, too. It was just a completely avoidable accident.

RE: Rated 'M'
By tng on 8/26/2013 6:43:23 PM , Rating: 2
Accidents happen to the best society has to offer, too.
Yes they do and for the same reasons as well.

Just wondering if the trailer park is the kids home or just where his babysitter lives, or lived.

RE: Rated 'M'
By mi1400 on 8/27/13, Rating: -1
RE: Rated 'M'
By ClownPuncher on 8/27/2013 11:44:17 AM , Rating: 2
u wot m8?

RE: Rated 'M'
By MZperX on 8/27/2013 11:55:08 AM , Rating: 2
You don't reflect much credit on your own DNA with this post. :-/

RE: Rated 'M'
By WiiKnee on 8/29/2013 8:56:59 AM , Rating: 1
Why isn't there an option in my browser to translate this message?

RE: Rated 'M'
By FaaR on 8/27/2013 6:18:50 AM , Rating: 3
Where is the real mom and dad? Can we just sum this up by saying "Trailer Park Trash"?

If kid is with gramma, presumably the parents are working. Could be passed out drunk at a bar too, who the hell knows, but as the article doesn't say that I don't think there's cause for assuming something in that direction. Also, where do you get the impression they're "trailer park trash"? What a disgustingly fascist way to express yourself.

RE: Rated 'M'
By tng on 8/27/2013 5:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
Also, where do you get the impression they're "trailer park trash"?
Oh the irony, you are so upset that I had the nerve to imply that they were possibly trailer park trash then call me a fascist.

As to where I came up with that, here you are...
The incident took place in a mobile home park near Slaughter, Louisiana

Again, a caregiver? Mom and dad are absent and not even included in the story, 8 year old left to play a game that even I think is to violent for my tastes... If you don't get the association from that, you don't live in the US or haven't for very long and shouldn't talk.

RE: Rated 'M'
By boeush on 8/26/2013 10:59:55 PM , Rating: 2
Who knows what the kid was thinking... whether or not he really grasps the concept of killing someone and making them dead, forever.
I'd say any 8 year old who fails to grasp that particular concept, has to be ruled developmentally disabled (and severely so.) I distinctly remember having a very solid grasp of that particular concept, back when I was 4...

RE: Rated 'M'
By MrBlastman on 8/27/2013 11:30:49 AM , Rating: 2
I don't blame the game but damn, GTA IV is the only game I've ever played that I stopped playing because it was too chillingly realistic. I was walking around on a crime spree in the game, shot a truck driver in the head and they slumped forward with their head on the steering wheel, letting the horn blare forth. I just sat there and stared at it for a minute. I then turned the game off and haven't ever played it since.

This might be surprising considering I love horror movies--slasher films in particular, gore, violence etc. In fact, I love my games more the bloodier they are. I enjoy things depicted in games like Brutal Doom (a mod), Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (who doesn't like chopping people to pieces), Team Fortress 2 (when people exploded for the first time from the rocket launcher I squealed in delight), the original Rise of Triad (eyeballs...) and the list goes on.

The thing is... all of this gore and violence I enjoy... All of it doesn't try to be realistic. There's hyperbole and with it, complete detachment from reality. About the closest a game gets to real is Chivalry and even then since Monty Python has the Black Knight segment in Holy Grail, well, it alleviates a lot of it.

GTA IV, however, doesn't try and exhibit extremes--it tries to be real and simulate reality. This is where the line is drawn. No matter how much we might enjoy gore, violence and mayhem... a rational individual will know how to distinguish fantasy from reality. When reality becomes to great, a boundary is crossed and a sane person might grow disgusted with it.

I know all the games I enjoy are fake. That just makes them more fun because I know in this little fantasy world I can paint the walls red and litter the halls with limbs because in the end, it is so over the top and excessive it is blatantly obvious it is just a game and nothing more. GTA IV crossed this line. It tried to be too stark and I haven't been able to pick it up again as a result. In no way should an 8 year old ever be playing it. Even a 10 year old. It's just too much to handle. I'd much rather my young daughter watch me play Doom or Dark Souls than ever see me play a GTA game.

It doesn't mean we blame the game here but the adults present definitely had something to with it all. With an older person--yeah, we can reason how the game wouldn't have lead them to do something bad but with a young child, on the other hand, well, it might just do enough to desensitize them and in their little heads they might ration... hey, I wonder what it'd be like if I tried it on Granny?

To do that though, would still require a kid with some screws loose to begin with. My daughter is only 3.5 years old and we already teach her hurting people is bad.

RE: Rated 'M'
By ClownPuncher on 8/27/2013 11:48:44 AM , Rating: 3
GTA is about as realistic as an animated Adult Swim version of the Godfather.

RE: Rated 'M'
By MrBlastman on 8/27/2013 1:02:38 PM , Rating: 1
As far as killing of people. The rest of it is as you describe. :)

RE: Rated 'M'
By Totally on 8/26/2013 4:00:53 PM , Rating: 1
I don't mean to be presumptuous but:
The incident took place in a mobile home park...
You're going to have to lower your expectations a little.

RE: Rated 'M'
By DigitalFreak on 8/26/2013 6:38:44 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention a town called Slaughter...

RE: Rated 'M'
By Devilboy1313 on 8/26/2013 7:16:38 PM , Rating: 2
Who takes a loaded gun, with no trigger lock, to babysit?

No to put the blame on the victim, but there is a level of stupidity that just should not be exceeded.

If you own a gun and are around kids you should always make sure it's not loaded and/or have a trigger lock. It's not that hard. There are just too many stupid people who just don't understand basic firearm safety.

Would you leave your car running with a 8 year old all alone in it? How about a running chainsaw and a child? Of course not, that would be bad parenting.

RE: Rated 'M'
By M'n'M on 8/26/2013 7:51:31 PM , Rating: 5
Who takes a loaded gun, with no trigger lock, to babysit?

In this case, nobody. The 87 yr old woman was the kids grandmother and from what I can tell, the boy was staying at her trailer, hence the "caregiver" terminology. I haven't see anything as to why she had custody of the kid and where the parents where. Neighbors interviewed didn't think anything was unusual about the kid.

So this would seem to be a case of the adult not keeping the weapon (a .38 Detective Special) secured properly. That she was shot in the back of the head while watching TV is largely her fault, lots of kids that age can't be trusted to understand the consequences of what they're doing.

RE: Rated 'M'
By vol7ron on 8/26/2013 10:32:24 PM , Rating: 4
When I grew up my parents taught me not to run with knives or scissors (or fork in mouth) as well as how to hold them properly when transporting them. They explained how it was sharp and how injury could result.

I have friends that teach their children what a sidearm is, how to use one, and they instill in them a responsibility when around firearms.

The problem is education, or lack thereof. That's what parents should be responsible for - educating their children. You don't leave gasoline and matches around without educating your children, you don't own a firearm without also educating your children.

The point of having a sidearm is often to have it in the event you actually need it, so keeping it unloaded, or locked is often a bad idea. Instead, keep your kids educated. The same thing applies to drugs and alcohol. Education is the basis of parenting.

RE: Rated 'M'
By Just Tom on 8/30/2013 10:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
There were times back in the day when I was babysitting my neighbors' kids that I would have liked a gun, or a taser at least.

RE: Rated 'M'
By Ammohunt on 8/26/2013 3:01:58 PM , Rating: 4
But we all know that the gun is the real problem

So if he stabbed her then the knife would be the problem? The real issue is stupid people like those who blame inanimate objects for their own stupidity.

RE: Rated 'M'
By tayb on 8/26/2013 3:15:56 PM , Rating: 5
Did you stop reading at that line and completely ignore the following sentences?

RE: Rated 'M'
By UpSpin on 8/26/2013 3:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
You can dodge a knife much easier than a bullet. You also can fight against some kid with a knife much easier than a kid with a gun. The kid has to get close to you, you can throw objects at the kid or run away, not possible if the kid has a gun.
You also can't accidentially kill someone with a knife as easy as with a loaded gun.
Kids also learn the proper use of knifes very early. They use them daily and know their danger. They know that a knife can do harm to people. They don't know this about guns, because there's no reason for them to use a gun daily.
Even if the kid aimed intentionally at his supervisor, I doubt he wanted to kill her. I doubt a kid really knows the danger of a gun and how easy it is to trigger a loaded gun.
You also can't mass murder with a knife that easy, but it's no real issue with a gun.

So I agree with you that it's a bit easy to just say the gun is at fault, but I disagree with you that a gun is as harmless as a knife. And I don't think the kid was stupid, the supervisor, probably, so I agree with you that the issue is less the gun, more that every idiot is allowed to own a gun.

RE: Rated 'M'
By Ammohunt on 8/26/13, Rating: -1
RE: Rated 'M'
By althaz on 8/26/2013 11:54:23 PM , Rating: 2
A gun is much further disassociated from death and violence than a knife is. This is quite well documented.

There's several issues:
Firstly it's obvious that the kid had problems - they may not have been major ones, but they should know better by eight years of age.
Secondly there's no way a gun should be left where a child can get to it, that should really be illegal (it is where I live) and regardless something that is part of responsible gun ownership.
Thirdly (and following on from my previous point), the caregiver was clearly incapable of proper and responsible gun ownership, so why the hell was she allowed to own a damn gun?
Lastly why is an eight-year-old playing Grand Theft Auto IV? That's (yet another) failure of this kid's parents & caregiver. This isn't the biggest deal, but it seems obvious that this kid shouldn't have been playing it - most eight-year-olds shouldn't (I won't speak for all of them, all kids are different).

RE: Rated 'M'
By spaced_ on 8/28/2013 4:18:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah where I come from, we have countless school knifing sprees all the time. Knives are so dangerous.

One time, this 7 year old kid knifed 20 people, kids, teachers after playing a video game. I think it was pac-man and he thought everyone was ghosts. It was after lunch see, he'd just eaten a powerup.

Man people are stupid these days.

Knives = guns = apples = potatoes = chairs = inanimate carbon rod

Like duh!!!

RE: Rated 'M'
By bobcpg on 8/26/13, Rating: 0
RE: Rated 'M'
By Flunk on 8/26/2013 3:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
You missed the point entirely. Read the next sentence, the 8 year old child having access to loaded firearms is the problem. The 8 year old child having access to M rated video games while not good, is not the main issue and the media is disregarding that.

RE: Rated 'M'
By bobcpg on 8/26/13, Rating: -1
RE: Rated 'M'
By TSS on 8/26/2013 3:20:56 PM , Rating: 1
But we all know that the gun is the real problem.


What the real problem is, is that this gets any news coverage at all. Yes, the kid shot her because he was playing GTA. At 8 years old i watched the looney tunes so much i thought real world physics where like the looney tunes and somebody could actually survive having a 10 ton anvil dropped on their head. Would've probably tried that too with my friends if i'd have any 10 ton anvils lying around.

But that makes this 1 shooting related to games out of how much? Google says ~31,000 victems in 2010. That's 0,003%.

Nobody talks about all the other shootings that aren't caused by video games. Nobody talks about the MILLIONS of people playing video games each day, including many young kids if the whining about Xbox whining is true, without picking up a real gun and shooting somebody.

How about the millions that will die from starvation once interest rates rise and the US has to spend 50%+ of tax revenue on *servicing* the national debt each year, leaving no more money for food stamps since no country in the world is buying treasuries anymore (only the fed bought treasuries in june, china and even japan sold, and the fed already owns 31,5% of the entire bond market), causing 50 MILLION americans to no longer be able to feed themselves (for reference: Average US historical interest rate: 6,68%. Mark where interest on debt already incurred reaches $1 trillion: 6%. And dropping).

That's something you can know for a fact, because it is a fact. But who cares about something as "outlandish" or "tinfoil hatty" as that right? Best focus on some 8 year old in some backwater town. Called Slaughter (damn right i laughed that's irony right there).

Sorry for yet another rant but this world is becoming so insane just reading any news is starting to make me crazy. When did idiocy reach these levels? Each day by now i'm spending way too much precious time of my life trying to convince just a few people of the coming disaster and all i'm hearing, after 3 years of that, is "maybe". As far as i'm concirned for the majority the zombie apocolypse has already happened, there is no cure.

Mark my words, in 10 years time everybody here will WISH video games made people violent. Atleast then what'll happen in the next decade could be explained and prevented from ever happening again.

RE: Rated 'M'
By Flunk on 8/26/13, Rating: -1
RE: Rated 'M'
By inighthawki on 8/26/2013 4:21:48 PM , Rating: 4
It is absolutely astounding how many people don't seem to be capable of reading the sentence directly after that one.

RE: Rated 'M'
By SAN-Man on 8/26/2013 4:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like the responsible party is dead...

RE: Rated 'M'
By aany on 8/26/13, Rating: -1
RE: Rated 'M'
By km9v on 8/27/2013 11:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
So, forget logic, this is knee-jerk American journalism at it's best. BLAME THE VIDEO GAME COMPANY!!! It's all their fault, can't you see? This poor, defenseless 8 y/o is not to blame, what does it matter that he wasn't properly supervised. And, OMG! Why was there a gun in the trailer? Sue the gun mfg.

RE: Rated 'M'
By Totally on 8/30/2013 10:03:34 AM , Rating: 2
It isn't just American journalism, iirc the Daily Mail and Huffington post will publish trying crimes with violent video games whenever possible and they're British. Your first sentence should read 'forget logic, this is knee-jerk first world journalism at it's best.'

RE: Rated 'M'
By tamalero on 8/28/2013 4:26:47 AM , Rating: 2
even worse, who the hell leaves a gun in the reach of a CHILD???

By YearOfTheDingo on 8/26/2013 3:02:43 PM , Rating: 5
I blame it on stuff animals and laser pointers.

By Breakfast Susej on 8/26/2013 8:28:24 PM , Rating: 3
I thought that said laser printers, and I was all like "Damn right, laser printers make me want to kill someone almost daily".

By geekman1024 on 8/26/2013 9:50:29 PM , Rating: 3
Everyday, my laser printer autonomously print out schematics of how to murder people around me, it's darn creepy, really.

By Ristogod on 8/26/2013 2:07:52 PM , Rating: 5
The theory is that the boy took the gun and shot Smothers in the head while she was playing a video game.

I'm confused. Who was playing the video game? Him or Her?

Also, am I to believe that in this situation that has occurred they haven't found any other wrong doing other than the kid was playing a video game? Not a big deal that parental supervision wasn't being applied. Not a big deal that an 8 year old kid had access to firearms. No need to address any of that right?

RE: Who?
By Dr of crap on 8/26/13, Rating: 0
RE: Who?
By DanNeely on 8/26/2013 4:52:09 PM , Rating: 3

From the NRAs firearm safety program for kids:

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules:

If you see a gun:
Don't Touch.
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.

RE: Who?
By retrospooty on 8/26/2013 2:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno... Who here hasn't played a GTA game and wanted to kill grandma? Oh wait.

All kidding aside though, any 8 year old that has issues could wind up killing someone. The game has nothing to do with anything. It's all about parenting. You are right, the kid had access to a gun? And was playing very adult oriented games? GTA is no worse than turning on the TV and watching any # of cable crime drama's. Kids need supervision, especially ones that are not stable enough to get that games and TV are NOT models for behavior. MY daughter just turned 9, and has been playing games and watching TV since she was a tot... She knows how to act and how to treat people and that games and TV are just entertainment period.

Of course it was because of GTA
By UpSpin on 8/26/2013 3:09:14 PM , Rating: 5
What else? No supervision, playing M rated games in general, access to a gun, access to ammunition, access a fully loaded not secured gun? Of course it was because of GTA.
According to them every kid playing a M rated game (there are enough) will kill their supervisor. Next time with a kitchen knife.

My theory: He played the game, supervisor saw it and tolerated it. Maybe they even started to talk about guns and violence and she finally took out a real gun for demonstration. It wasn't said that she's her grandmother, because her name got published, I think she's a neighbour, else it's likely to be fairly easy to know who the kid is, so I doubt that he knew where she stored her gun(s). I also doubt that a 8 year old kid is able to load a gun on his own.
So she took out the gun and gave it him. Either she was dumb or didn't knew that a bullet(s) was in the gun and she gave him the gun to get a feel of a real gun.

Finally I highly doubt that it was intentionally and if so, he's really good at aiming. But the informations are sparse, so we don't know how close he stood, from where he shoot, ...

But all in all, the easiest explanation is always: Playing a video game was the reason for all of this. Sure. In the past it were horror movies.
I can argue that easy too: Having a gun was the reason of this. No gun, no dead person.

I wonder....
By dxf2891 on 8/26/2013 3:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
If he had been reading the Bible, if this would have been classified as a religious zealot crime? And what if he had been reading a comic book, would he be slated as a super villian ? My questions are: 1) Why was he playing a game intended for adults? (I don't know too many 8 year olds who have the means to purchase video games without adult assistance) and 2) More importantly, why did he have access to a gun?!?!?!

RE: I wonder....
By drycrust3 on 8/26/2013 4:43:56 PM , Rating: 2
I think you have those questions in the wrong order. The first question that should be asked is why the child had access to a loaded firearm? Sure, there are questions like "Why did the child believe it was okay to point a gun at someone?", but at the end of they day those questions are largely irrelevant.
What matters now is that Mrs Smoothers is dead and, rightly or wrongly, lots of people are going to try and blame her for her death.

By aany on 8/26/2013 5:38:45 PM , Rating: 2
as Amber implied I'm amazed that some one able to profit $8280 in 1 month on the internet. did you see this web link ............

RE: hi
By ClownPuncher on 8/26/2013 6:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
Thank Amber and her vast knowledge of anal exploitation for me, will ya?

By superstition on 8/26/2013 6:00:19 PM , Rating: 3
People have a lot of "common sense" notions about human psychology that are flawed or simply false.

For those who think the influence of violent media is irrelevant, consider Bandura's Bobo Doll experiment and the Stanford Prison Experiment.

The Bobo Doll shows the power of impressionability and also the importance of behavioral rehearsal. Further research has affirmed that one of the problems with seeing violence, and participating in it, is that the person is more likely to see violence as being the solution to problems in the future.

Sleep is actually primarily composed of a mental obstacle course, a training ground where people are placed in difficult situations. The human brain is always training, looking to adapt. When people see violence and engage in it, they are more likely to adapt to new situations in a manner that employs violence, or at least one that is more tolerant of it.

This brings us to another point, that of desensitization. Research has shown that exposure to violence desensitizes people to more of it. This increases their tolerance of it and generally enables more violence to occur, because there is less resistance/repudiation.

The Stanford Prison Experiment shows that impressionability, role-playing as rehearsal, and the like are hardly restricted to juveniles. Furthermore, the Brown Eyes Blue Eyes experiment has been replicated in adults. People are far more impressionable and malleable than "common sense" would suggest.

I realize that comfortable "gut" feelings about this issue are going to dominate, but always ask yourself to what degree your reasoning is based in your perceived convenience rather than in faithfulness to reality. Just because you like various forms of violent media doesn't necessarily mean they're beneficial.

Smothers AND Slaughter
By WhatKaniSay on 8/26/2013 3:39:27 PM , Rating: 2
The incident took place in a mobile home park near Slaughter, Louisiana,

his elderly caregiver -- identified as Marie Smothers

Seriously! the location is "Slaughter" and the victim is "Smothers" .
If these are not made up names, then is there any wonder why the boy got inspired to carry out such a horrible act?

Video games are to blame?
By dxf2891 on 8/26/2013 4:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
And not the shooter or the gun and ammo? If he was throwing video games at her, then yeah blame the video games. If he was playing Harry Potter and turned her into a toad, who would you blame then? The wand or the spell? Or would you blame the caster? What if he was playing any of the Leggo games and hit her with a bunch of bricks? Where was this kids parents again? Why didn't they teach him that he was too young to handle guns? Maybe society in general is the blame in this "no personal resposibility" society.

This said it all...
By arenared on 8/26/2013 4:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
"The incident took place in a mobile home park "

Chris Rock once said...
By xti on 8/26/2013 4:48:01 PM , Rating: 2
"whatever happened to just being crazy?"

By Ish718 on 8/26/2013 8:08:07 PM , Rating: 2
This is an insult to the million of other underage kids playing these violent video games.

By p05esto on 8/26/2013 8:29:43 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a gamer and I DO think that violent video games, movies and music have a significant impact on a person. They do cause you to act more aggressive and become more used to the violence and hate. The more you feed badness into your head the more you will become like the badness. Just like the more twinkies you eat you will slowly turn into a soft, fat and unhealthy Twinkie yourself. This is common sense. You are who your friends are, you are what you eat and you bcome like the entertainment you watch. Even if you don't literally look like Rambo, you mentally take on the qualities and that's the problem.

By climber07 on 8/26/2013 11:07:00 PM , Rating: 2
A gun should never be anywhere that a child can access it. If they do, then it should also have a trigger lock. Common sense #1. You have to teach children safety and common sense (that's #2). If you allow children to raise themselves, then they will become wild. Lastly, what was an 8 year old doing playing a game rated for "Mature".

Rated for: Intense Violence, Blood, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Partial Nudity, Use of Drugs and Alcohol

By Doh! on 8/26/2013 11:41:01 PM , Rating: 2
Few words just popped up in the article:

- Slaughter, Louisiana
- a mobile home park
- Grand Theft Auto IV

What's next? Jerry Springer Show?

Real M
By poi2 on 8/27/2013 8:45:03 AM , Rating: 2
Parents should buy a Bazooka instead, it's heavier than light gun. So kids don't pull the trigger easily, because he understand the result if he pull the trigger.

By mikeyjohn on 8/29/2013 1:19:00 PM , Rating: 2
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By mehcin on 9/2/2013 2:25:19 PM , Rating: 2
My Uncle Liam got a six-month old Cadillac SRX by working part time off of a laptop. Get the facts

By chµck on 8/26/13, Rating: -1
RE: Tech?
By FastEddieLB on 8/26/2013 3:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
Video games are tech related. They're trying to blame a video game because blaming video games is popular.

And apparently never mind the fact that this kid was probably a born psychopath and would have killed someone without access to a video game or a gun eventually anyway. Because we all know that an underlying psychological disorder couldn't possibly be the problem.

RE: Tech?
By AMDftw on 8/26/2013 3:56:05 PM , Rating: 2
"excuse my friend, he is a little slow" lol He might be a 13yo WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING...

RE: Tech?
By jRaskell on 8/26/2013 5:06:35 PM , Rating: 3
And apparently never mind the fact that this kid was probably a born psychopath and would have killed someone without access to a video game or a gun eventually anyway. Because we all know that an underlying psychological disorder couldn't possibly be the problem.

The kid is only 8 years old. Stick a loaded gun into any 8 year old's hand, and see how often carnage ensues. Kids that age just aren't old enough to understand the consequences of their actions, so it's quite a stretch to start labeling them as psychopaths.

I know the vast majority of pre-teens in my family absolutely love shooting everyone with nerf guns and squirt guns (including the few that rarely play video games). Stick either of those weapons in one of their hands, and everyone's either getting smacked upside the head with nerf rockets or are getting wet.

RE: Tech?
By drycrust3 on 8/26/2013 5:21:01 PM , Rating: 2
And apparently never mind the fact that this kid was probably a born psychopath and would have killed someone without access to a video game or a gun eventually anyway.

My recollection from watching crime-detective movies and tv serials is that anyone is capable of murder.
If you considered the things you did and played as an eight year old, you may well find that some of those things fit almost exactly into the same pattern as this child did. For example, did you go to your father's tools in the garage and handle the ones you weren't supposed to touch? Or did you check out what was in your mother's dresser or hand bag? Or did you imagine what it was like to shoot birds or animals around your home? See a pattern here? Those are things that look completely innocent, but collectively they can, with the wrong combination of chance and events, end up with a murder as has happened here.

RE: Tech?
By superstition on 8/26/2013 6:02:59 PM , Rating: 5
The front lobes of juveniles are not fully developed, which impairs their executive control.

Children are not simply small-sized adults.

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