Grand Theft Auto Responsible for Boy Shooting Grandmother?
An eight-year-old boy in Slaughter, Louisiana, was playing Grand Theft Auto IV, then picked up a handgun and shot his grandmother in the head, killing her.
Now, here is the question: was the shooting a direct result of the boy playing Grand Theft Auto?
CNN reported:

While the motive is unclear, the sheriff’s department implied the child’s activities in a violent virtual world may have led to the killing.
"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 encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people, just minutes before the homicide occurred."

CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and other news outlets have been focusing on the effect violent video games have on children and not on the fact that somehow, this child was able to get his hands on a loaded weapon and fire it.
There is no conclusive evidence that the video games and violent acts are connected. It is easy to blame video games, it has almost become a go-to excuse for politicians when a teen acts out violently.
The real question here is ‘why was the gun so easily accessible by the eight-year-old?’
NATION
Do you think violent video games can be connected to violent actions?

Grand Theft Auto Responsible for Boy Shooting Grandmother?

An eight-year-old boy in Slaughter, Louisiana, was playing Grand Theft Auto IV, then picked up a handgun and shot his grandmother in the head, killing her.

Now, here is the question: was the shooting a direct result of the boy playing Grand Theft Auto?

CNN reported:

While the motive is unclear, the sheriff’s department implied the child’s activities in a violent virtual world may have led to the killing.

"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 encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people, just minutes before the homicide occurred."

CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and other news outlets have been focusing on the effect violent video games have on children and not on the fact that somehow, this child was able to get his hands on a loaded weapon and fire it.

There is no conclusive evidence that the video games and violent acts are connected. It is easy to blame video games, it has almost become a go-to excuse for politicians when a teen acts out violently.

The real question here is ‘why was the gun so easily accessible by the eight-year-old?’

NATION

Do you think violent video games can be connected to violent actions?

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  1. ermac2028 reblogged this from mununsah
  2. mununsah reblogged this from sourcefed
  3. fourlittlebees reblogged this from geekmehard and added:
    I… IS THIS SHIT FOR REAL? Let’s reframe this argument, CNN, etc.: You have an eight-year-old, a handgun just sitting...
  4. geekmehard reblogged this from sourcefed
  5. lizamarina reblogged this from sourcefed
  6. kellythecrayon reblogged this from sourcefed
  7. branchan reblogged this from skydivingzombie and added:
    of course this would happen in louisiana, my home state.
  8. ollieyeta reblogged this from morgskin
  9. top-of-the-summit reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    I’d just like to point out that the kid lived in a town called slaughter… I mean really, this sort of thing shoulda been...
  10. perpixelated reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    Sure, the real question is why an 8-year-old had access to a gun but another should be why he had access to a game that...
  11. i-need-a-witty-url reblogged this from sourcefed
  12. skydivingzombie reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    no, no, no no no no. of course its not the game. WHAT DID KIDS DO BEFORE TVS. THEY PLAYED COWBOYS AND INDIANS WITH POP...
  13. untitledsource reblogged this from sourcefed
  14. victoriaisbored reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    No, if someone is mentally stable, there should be no connection between video game violence, and them needing to punch...
  15. confusingwiring reblogged this from tsunderehairflip and added:
    the same terrible parent that left a hand gun in easy reach of a 8 year old.
  16. adamcooooper reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    There may have been some kind of connection or maybe a tipping point of this kid playing the game and then doing this...
  17. thunderwulf reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    Violent games alone do not make you go out and shoot people. There’s always more to these stories, but “the vilent vidya...
  18. tsunderehairflip reblogged this from morgskin
  19. gracefullypantsless reblogged this from sourcefed
  20. imnotsayingimspidermanbuttttt reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    Also, why is an 8 year old playing a mature rated video game by himself?
  21. rosieredriot reblogged this from sourcefed
  22. edloser reblogged this from saturnsorbit and added:
    Where did this kid get a handgun? If it belonged to his family then why wasn’t it locked up? Srsly wtf?
  23. xxkitties4evaxx reblogged this from theonlyfin and added:
    Sounds a bit like someone’s trying to shift the focus from the fact that an 8 year old was able to get access to a...
  24. theonlyfin reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    No, and a second important question is why the fuck is an 8 year old allowed to play GTAIV? Irresponsible fucking...
  25. frankleetumbling reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    Yeah how about GET THAT GAME OUT OF THE HANDS OF SUCH A YOUNG CHILD!!!!!
  26. karean reblogged this from sourcefed
  27. kelseycrossing reblogged this from sourcefed
  28. themightyneckbeard reblogged this from sourcefed and added:
    I blame bad parenting, guns should never be left out and easy to grab for a child. Also in my opinion an 8 year old...
  29. shevathegun reblogged this from sourcefed