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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 4:17:00 PM , Rating: 2
Now, I agree with most things there except the second one. There is NO reason to hit a child in order to 'discipline' them. I have two daughters and have NEVER had to do that, because 99% of the things that they do that are 'wrong', they did not know that they were wrong in the first place so why should I physically punish them for that?
That just teaches them that someone can violate their bodies if they think they have done something 'wrong' that they did not know was wrong.

I have absolutely NEVER had to physically discipline my daughters, simply because I taught them from VERY early that it was not right to physically attack someone else and when they broke something or did something 'wrong', I simply told them why it was wrong and told them that the next time if they did it, they would be punished. I can count on one hand the number of times where I had to punish them, because I didn't punish them if they cam to me and ADMITTED they did something wrong on their own and could explain to me why they did it and learn from that.
Actually, 9 times out of 10 when they broke something, they were goaded into it by ANOTHER child who already knew that the thing they were trying to get my daughters to do was wrong, and therefore I took those children to their parents and had them punish their children for instigating the thing in question.

We are overdiagnosing ADD & ADHD. I was diagnosed with those 'illnesses' when I was young and my parents now realize, after watching my daughters and me REFUSING to put them on mental drugs, that what I was doing was NORMAL childhood behavior for our family!

The drug offender thing..... we would do better to just legalize drugs and treat drug users who get hooked (there aren't many of those!) as a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue.

Less people crowding each other out..... that is not the real problem. The real problem is that people today are not learning how to RELATE to other people, because their parents basically imprison them in their homes because of the specter of the 'big bad pedosexual' grabbing and raping their children, of which I happen to be one and shake my head when I see the blatant propaganda that is put out about us because people don't try to get to know us and believe everything the media says about us!
Personally, I would NEVER grab and rape a child, that would tarnish my soul and spirit in the extreme.


RE: Something to consider.
By zombiexl on 4/20/2007 9:10:09 AM , Rating: 2
You said:

quote:
Now, I agree with most things there except the second one. There is NO reason to hit a child in order to 'discipline' them.


and then:

quote:
The real problem is that people today are not learning how to RELATE to other people, because their parents basically imprison them in their homes because of the specter of the 'big bad pedosexual' grabbing and raping their children, of which I happen to be one and shake my head when I see the blatant propaganda that is put out about us because people don't try to get to know us and believe everything the media says about us!


So you believe its wrong to physically discipline a child, but not wrong to have sex with one? If i've misread that please correct me.


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