If you have been following the news recently, you would know that they don’t like video games. Every time there is a mass shooting, or a shooting itself, and a teen or a younger adult is the suspect video games are in the forefront of conversation. That, somehow, video games molded the brain so much that they think they are in some form of video game and it’s perfectly fine for them to get a gun and commit crimes that are that heinous.
For instance, this past month in Louisiana a grandmother was shot in the head and the sheriff and the media, without ANY facts and any detective work, blamed the suspect for playing Grand Theft Auto IV before committing the murder. Oh yeah, the suspect? Her eight year old grandson.
Here’s the quote:
“Although a motive for the shooting is unknown at this time investigators have learned that the juvenile suspect was playing a video game on the Play Station III ‘Grand Theft Auto IV,’ a realistic game that has been associated with the encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people, just minutes before the homicide occurred.”
Again, the bigger issue to the media is not where the eight year old got a gun…because America, but the reason for this shooting was because of the Grand Theft Auto that was in this kid’s possession before the shooting.
Let me reiterate, eight year old…GTAIV…loaded gun.
I remember reading stories about a certain book and then reading the book Catcher in the Rye. For those of you who don’t know, the book Catcher in the Rye was suspected of being the reason why John Lennon’s killer killed John Lennon, because a book that filthy and that hate-spewed could only put dangerous thoughts in the mind of that crazed individual.
It got so far for the book that people boycotted Catcher in the Rye and its author, because it was suspected that this crazy person read this book and decided to kill someone, let alone a Beatle.
Catcher in the Rye was a good book, with good normal dialogue. I drew a lot from that book and placed myself in Holden Caulfield’s place and, honestly, it sucked. However, for that time Catcher in the Rye was deemed dangerous to read because it would give the people who read it the images of death, sex and filth, just like what video games are now.
Catcher in the Rye, just like video games today, didn’t destroy lives. The choices that were made by individuals committing murder and other acts of terror are done because their brains are programmed that way. Having a scapegoat is the only real way to point the finger at something (especially one that can’t talk) in society that’s looked at more of a taboo than entertainment, like a foul book, movie, television show or video game.
A knife from Mark David Chapman killed John Lennon, not Holden Caulfield. A gunshot killed someone’s grandmother, not from Niko Bellic.
By a gamer’s standpoint, one of the questions that I had was how stupid is someone to let their eight year old play Grand Theft Auto IV (Rated M for Mature, from the ESRB system)? The ESRB is put in there BECAUSE of situations like these, because games have been getting gorier and gorier and it helps protect children from playing these games and help parents by knowing what these games have in store for their kids.
However, there are loopholes to the ESRB. Once it leaves the store, the game is the owner’s and can do whatever they want with it. Trade it, sell it, gift it, it’s their game. We don’t know how this kid got this game but, yet, it was in his possession, which was wrong to begin with.
By a human’s standpoint, to say that any of these two things are connected (Mark David Chapman to Catcher in the Rye; grandson to GTAIV) are quite outrageous statements to make and for the sheriff of that Slaughter, Louisiana town it is irresponsible to make the claim about Grand Theft Auto IV being the cause of the murder before all the evidence was in the books. The kid’s mental state, living conditions, domestic abuse, all of those should have been looked at, not what games this kid played. Also, there’s one HUGE issue (even if video games had some correlation in this tragedy) that nobody in the mainstream media seems to be getting.
HOW DID THE EIGHT YEAR OLD GET A HOLD OF A LOADED GUN IN THE FIRST PLACE?!
What are your thoughts on this situation? Are video games to blame in this situation? Are people who play video games at a young age, now, programmed to do something like this?
Leave it in the comments below.