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Jack Thompson believes violent video games made Cho Seung-Hui cause absolute carnage on the Virginia Tech campus on Monday

The tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech on Monday is one that many of us will remember for a long time.  Cho Seung-Hui, 23-year-old V.T. English major, took more than 30 lives before turning the gun on himself.  While the nation is still feeling the aftershock from the worst school shooting in U.S. history, some people are already beginning to exploit the tragedy for their own benefit.  

It is no secret that video games seems to have become a popular scape goat for everything that is wrong in America's youth today -- the incident at Virginia Tech is already having a negative backlash towards video games. In fact, Jack Thompson, well known for his anti-video game stance, went on Fox News to argue that violent video games had something to do with the shooter at V.T.

Even if you are against young people playing violent video games, it is most likely hard to defend Jack Thompson in this situation.  Instead of showing remorse and grief, much like the rest of the nation, Thompson decided to selfishly attempt to use the tragedy to rally Americans against violent video games.

More video game critics are coming out of the woodwork after Thompson made his statements on Monday.  It appears that Dr. Phil McGraw also believes video games desensitize and cause gamers to commit violent crimes.

This is certainly not the last we have heard of the anti-video game people.  If you want to hear what Thompson said, click here (YouTube video).

Our thoughts go out to everyone in the Virginia Tech/Blacksburg community.


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RE: I bet the NRA is churning out money
By nerdboy on 4/19/2007 10:25:33 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know what state you’re from but most states require a gun permit to carry a handgun concealed, you can carry a gun in most states as long as it’s in the open but you might get harassed a bit. But to take out the gunman first would mean you would have a gun on school grounds which is a felony in itself unless you are a police officer. So the good news is you may have been able to take out the gunman, bad news is you would go to jail for carrying a handgun on school property.


RE: I bet the NRA is churning out money
By zombiexl on 4/19/2007 11:47:12 AM , Rating: 2
Depends on the State for the legality of carrying on school grounds. For the most part the only places you legally are not allowed to carry with a valid permit is places serving alchohol. There is a good reason for that.

I know Ohio (for example) is a big anti-gun state and you are not allowed to carry into many (maybe any) businesses. Which means you bascially have put a sign on your store saying.. Rob me there are no guns present. Please Mr (or Mrs) criminal who wont obey the law bring in your gun and shoot up the place.

I'm not sure that the punishment for carrying onto school grounds would be anything more than a fine anyway.


By nerdboy on 4/19/2007 1:37:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah in the state of Indiana and Kentucky your not allowed to bring you gun within 1000 feet of any school. You may enter any business as long as it doesn’t have posted no weapons. Then again there is also law going into effect that if anyone is on your property with the intent to harm or rob you, you are legally allowed to shot them, so a criminal that enters you house no longer has to threaten you for you to take action. I do not know if that is in effect yet but for more info on gun laws in any state go to www.packing.org. That website has every law for every state. Enjoy


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