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