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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: Something to consider.
By geddarkstorm on 4/19/2007 3:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree, this is a good post with very good points.

Children do need disciplin and parental guidance. A parent has far more sway over a child than anyt other adult or person. We can see this both in the reflection of obeying parents and gaining their morals, as well as the opposit of rebeling against parents because the child wants more attention from the parent or what not.

Also, you are very right about over diagnosis of highly questionable "mental illnesses" like ADD/ADHD. I am the oldest of 6 kids, so I've already had to help raise three considerably younger siblings. Children are naturally hyper. Heck, children of most mammalian species are naturally hyper and lacking in attention! You wouldn't try to train a foal to be a show horse at that age, in general it wouldn't pay attention or want to. This has firm grounding in the biology of the brain, which is still developing in children and through the Teen years: creating new neural connections, testing connections, trying to find the right balance of neural transmitter ratios, and still killing off immproperlly connected neurons. This process takes alot of effort and "play" on the brain's side of things, which is manifest in an obviously lower ability to concentrate in those below the state of adulthood. It's friggin simple biology; I'm not even sure there is even that much foundation for ADD & ADHD scientifically (and the "extreme" cases of it turn out to be autism/aspergers anyways). I know what a real brain disorder is though, as two of my brothers have/had them (one had chemical imbalances that make him overly agressive and vicious but they were corrected as he grew up out of it (mostly), the other has autism, and even autism is quite similer to "normal" except they communicate and perceive differently, albiet only slightly differently).

And then, what does it do to the developping mind to shoot it full of chemicals it isn't supposed to have? I feel our overreliance on drugs will be the Roman Lead Pipes of our modern age.

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