8-Year-Old Boy Murders Elderly Woman, "Grand Theft Auto IV" Takes Flak
August 26, 2013 1:55 PM
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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
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
National Rifle Association
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.
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RE: Rated 'M'
8/26/2013 3:20:56 PM
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'
8/26/2013 3:38:17 PM
Your entire argument is totally out of context. If you want to get on your soapbox you really need to start a new thread.
RE: Rated 'M'
8/26/2013 4:21:48 PM
It is absolutely astounding how many people don't seem to be capable of reading the sentence directly after that one.
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