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Dr. Phil and Jack Thompson, still asshats
I thoroughly expected litigious asshat Jack Thompson to blame video games for the horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech. The moment I heard about it, I knew he'd be pounding the war drums against virtual violence. The predictable waste of flesh did not disappoint.
Just a few hours after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech that resulted in the death of 33 students, game regulation crusader Jack Thompson went on Fox News. Details are only now starting to come out about the shooter, Cho Seung-Hui, a South Korean resident alien.

Thompson was introduced by Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer as an "expert in school shootings", and used the event to rail against violent video games. Thompson blamed the "murder simulation games" without even having information on the killer. Now that Cho has been identified as the gunman, there is no indication from news reports that he was even an active gamer.
Two nights ago Dr. Phil McGraw did the same thing on Larry King Live.
And you know are they treatable? They're usually dead after something like this happens because the police take them out or they take themselves out. The question really is can we spot them. And the problem is we are programming these people as a society. You cannot tell me -- common sense tells you that if these kids are playing video games, where they're on a mass killing spree in a video game, it's glamorized on the big screen, it's become part of the fiber of our society. You take that and mix it with a psychopath, a sociopath or someone suffering from mental illness and add in a dose of rage, the suggestibility is too high. And we're going to have to start dealing with that. We're going to have to start addressing those issues and recognizing that the mass murders of tomorrow are the children of today that are being programmed with this massive violence overdose.
*sigh* Now that the truth is out over Cho's lack of gaming, of course neither statement will be retracted. And the summit on media violence carries on, with the ESRB insisting that it has the same goals as the concerned parents...

Meanwhile, Scientology comes out to lend a hand.

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transrelativity From: transrelativity Date: April 18th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
as predictable as it is, thompson's use of tragedy to promote his own agenda is sickening.
angryjonny From: angryjonny Date: April 18th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

kneejerk self-aggrandizment, ftl!

If there's a place in hell where Gilbert Godfrey sings On the Radio until the end of time and punches to the groin fall like snowflakes on a cold December morn, I sincerely hope that Jack Thompson and all who he loves and cares for winds up there.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 18th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: kneejerk self-aggrandizment, ftl!

In high school I had to write up my own few layers of hell as part of a project assigned by a Brother of the Sacred Heart. None of my layers included Gilbert Godfrey's vocal stylings and groin punches, but I did have some imaginative locales for people like Thompson.

In real life, however, I'd just love to see him forced to play Counter-Strike on the most infantile and immature server ever. For years.
idunn From: idunn Date: April 19th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC) (Hard link)
It's always either the fault of video games or Marilyn Manson, take your pick.

Now if kids were REALLY emulating Manson, they'd also start dating hot young things half their age.
feffthekidd From: feffthekidd Date: April 19th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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