Jack Thompson Now Running Police Investigations

from the blame-game dept

Apparently at the behest of Jack Thompson, some sheriff's deputies in Louisiana have seized some video games from the home of a teenage murder suspect as "evidence". Evidence of what? That the kid has a games console or PC? Thompson says that he told the police to look for games because reports of the crime fit the scenario of the Grand Theft Auto games -- which would also indicate that any kid with a paper route must be an avid Paperboy player, though we've missed all the reports of Frogger driving people to play in traffic. All Thompson's trying to do (apart from drum up some publicity for himself) is shift the blame for the crime from a sick, stupid killer onto video games -- just the latest in his line of attempts to let people abdicate any responsibility for their actions. One other question -- why do law-enforcement officers in Louisiana now need an activist lawyer from Florida to tell them how to do their jobs?

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    Greg, 5 Jun 2006 @ 3:41pm

    Murderers are not well-adjusted

    The Louisiana case aside, I think you may be missing a key point. The game, unlike your paperboy analogy, allows the player-character to brutalize and kill people. Is this a healthy (for the player or society) pastime for someone capable of committing like crimes? Your reaction is from that of a well-adjusted person...murderers by definition are not well-adjusted. Might they not be influenced by playing violent games? And if there is a link, how many lives have to weigh in the balance before we decide to outlaw such games?

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