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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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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
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