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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 Hakuryu on 4/19/2007 6:25:42 PM , Rating: 3
My 85 year old great aunt tells me stories of how when she was in gradeschool, kids used to carry pocket knives to school, and even play a game where you would stand in a circle and throw the knives into the dirt.

They didn't have sensationalist news shows (or people) trying to make a buck or get well known off any sensitive subject. Just think about Oprah or this guy in 1925 if they had the media penetration of today... you would hear no end to the outrage from media types about kids with knives, which would just happen to inflate their watcher base and make them look good.

I feel the news media is more the cause of continuing rampages like this than video games. If someone is unbalanced enough to kill like this, I doubt shooting demons with a rocket launcher in a video game is going to affect them more than watching real murder and real war on the news.

I rarely watch the news, and turned off the TV after every channel had something on about this shooting. I just don't want to see it. I feel bad for the people involved, but watching hours of TV about the attack is only going to make me sick. It probably is going to make someone with homicidal tendencies plan a bigger killing however, just to outdo the previous one and gain the spotlight.

RE: Something to consider.
By rcc on 4/20/2007 11:59:33 AM , Rating: 2
My 85 year old great aunt tells me stories

You don't have to be 85. I'm in my 40's, and I've carried a pocket knife since, well, actually I can't remember not carrying one, it's one of the essential tools of life. Point being many of us carried folding knives to school, and used them on a daily basis, and no one cared because it's a tool.

What really bugs me about this most recent event, is that according to the reports I've seen, this guy walks into a classroom shoots people, leaves, comes back because he can hear people alive still and shoots some more. And no one did anything. This really worries me. It's really difficult to kill 30 people in a closed environment with a handgun (or two) unless they stand around and let him. 30 years ago he'd have been swarmed under by a group of people that knew they were going to be shot anyway and had little to lose.

We are breeding sheep, which is all well and good if you want a warm fuzzy uncomplicated life. But when the wolf comes around, it's best to not have muzzled the dog.

If some of the students, or facility members, had stopped this guy at some point, we'd be celebrating the heroes and mourning the lost. Not mourning the lost and putting a media spotlight on the killer.

Those who lost loved ones and friends have my sympathy. But for the system that is creating/allowing the problems and preventing solutions, I have mainly contempt.

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