5 Facts About School Shootings and Video Games the NRA Needs to Look At

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StarCraft Is Huge in a Country With Zero School Shootings

Well, even though it isn't violent StarCraft is still about military campaigns in a technologically advanced in semi-realistic manner. It's probably still an influence, right?

Let me tell you about South Korea. In South Korea StarCraft is so popular that it has actually become a professional sport that even has groupies. It's really, really big there. Despite that, when you bring up a list of school shootings South Korea doesn't appear at all. What that means is that in a country where StarCraft is bigger than soccer is here, more people have actually died from exhaustion playing the game than have been driven to murder by it.

South Korea, by the by, is no. 149 on the list of guns-per-capita. That's 28th from the bottom.


And Columbine Was Not Planned Using Doom Either

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One of the more ridiculous rumors that came out of the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Co in 1999 was that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had planned their murder of 13 people using custom-designed levels in the first person shooter Doom that were supposed to match the layout of their school. Some even said that characters meant to resemble specific classmates were included as targets.

Being four days short of the same age as Eric Harris, it's not surprising that he was into Doom. Hell, I first played it on a school computer in the audio/visual room of Galena Park High. And yes, he did in fact design some custom levels as thousands of other kids were eagerly doing. You can also clearly see from videos online that you would need a healthy dose of LCD to even begin to see them as a dress rehearsal for what ultimately happened. If you don't believe me, here's Snopes on the subject.


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15 comments
FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

This is a very easy argument when you have a roaring society.  We are not currently there.  I am not a gun owner, nor do I plan on being one, and the fact that this sniveley little loser that couldn't beat a one armed midget in a fight was able to do this destruction is indeed disgusting.  But also realize that he never purchased the damn guns.  His mother did.  


I have more to add, but I'll allow the other asshats to respond first.

meldavis_99
meldavis_99

The video game argument is about as valid as the guns being the problem.  I do believe that violent games, shows, videos and movies do have the ability to influence those with mental health deficiencies.  I've seen examples from peers in real life.  


I find it irresponsible to give way to so much speculation and calls for change until the investigation is done, really.  Really shows the transparency in self-interest when the debate begins before the victims and families can begin to mourn. 

John-Paul Franklin
John-Paul Franklin

Guess what? In countries that don't allow the guns but do allow the video games this kind of thing doesn't happen. It's easier to look for scapegoats than to deal with hard reality and politics of banning guns.

Houston Deep
Houston Deep

Don't worry Press. We will loose our right to violent games right after our right to have guns. And I suppose the right to half ass journalism will follow.

Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts

In other countries our violent video games, movies and such are enjoyed by mentally ill people and they have no mass killings. The difference is in the USA mentally ill people have access to violent media AND easy access to guns. That's the problem. It's easy access to guns by mentally unstable people.

Lauren Brewer Clark
Lauren Brewer Clark

Video games are only bad for mentally I'll people who should be locked away like that SOB who killed those babies. I blame his wacko mother who knew he was screwed up for teaching him to fire a weapon.

Sergio R. Garcia
Sergio R. Garcia

There is no evidence whatsoever to place any blame on violent video games for leading to violence in the real world. None. What. So. Ever.

R Eliza Beth
R Eliza Beth

Too much blame. These kids are desensitized

eudemonist
eudemonist

A "healthy dose of LCD", Jef?  How's about plasma?

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