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.Two nights ago Dr. Phil McGraw did the same thing on Larry King Live.
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.
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.