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 @ 5:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Murderers are not well-adjusted

    I take your (one of Carlo's original points as well) point that people, not games, are responsible for their actions. And that the percentages of extreme influence are low. My point is that if you can eliminate even that tiny percentage, and not lose anything in the process, then that would be a good thing. You can see that I don't think anything of value would be lost if these violent games were gone. Many things that offend only some people are illegal. It's a question of what we as citizens decide is right, or in the best interest of our country. And this is just a tiny slice of that ongoing process. I'm glad you have passionate thoughts on the subject too.

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