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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 Christopher1 on 4/19/2007 4:04:05 PM , Rating: 2
You have to remember that there were also a hell of a lot less people fifty years ago, and that life was a hell of a lot simpler back then as well.

Now, our lives are rush, rush, rush, and we are putting extreme pressures on people to 'succeed' in life and getting on people's cases for things that I don't believe we should get on their cases for or that are not real, sexual harassment to name one.

Now, about that 'children attacking parents' thing.... that is usually because their parents are abusing them or being overly controlling in their lives, and I CHEER everytime those children fight back against their oppressors.

I just wish they would do it on a NATIONWIDE basis in the United States and other countries where they are basically looked upon as being the property of the parents.

Oh, and as to the guns being more common in society 50 years ago.... no. We have MORE guns around now than we did 50 years ago, and there are guns in MORE homes now than 50 years ago and more of them in each home.

The bottom line is that we are IGNORING people who need help. This guy probably shunned friendliness because he had bad experiences with people being spontaneously friendly to him, and he didn't trust people.

Now, they are trying to say that "He was a victim of sexual abuse most likely!" now. Sorry, but I was a 'victim' of sexual abuse who LOVED it and never thought and still doesn't think he was a victim because I was raised with the notion that if you allow someone to touch you or go to someone and ask them to touch you, you consented, which is the RIGHT thing to teach children.
'Sexual abuse', even being forcibly RAPED, is not an excuse for killing people who have nothing to do with that abuse.

A bigger problem is that we justify so many acts of violence today and say they are acceptable. If we would start teaching children that violence is NEVER acceptable unless someone is actively trying to kill you and it is you LAST choice between you and death...... we might finally have a less violent society!


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