Lawsuit Claims Kid Never Would Have Killed Abusive Father Without Playing GTA

from the that-might-take-some-proof dept

rijit writes in to tell us about the latest lawsuit filed by anti-video game lawyer Jack Thompson. This one is similar to other lawsuits, suing the various companies involved in the game, blaming them for a murder, just because a kid who killed his family happened to play Grand Theft Auto. The lawsuit actually claims that this kid never would have shot his father, step mother and step sister if not for the game: "But for Posey's use of these products ... he would not have killed." It would seem like that's a pretty difficult point to prove, especially given that the boy's lawyers claim that his father abused him for years. What this all about, however, is again taking responsibility off of the actual killer. It is obviously disturbing that he went out and shot three family members, and it is worth exploring the reasons why. However, to place the blame entirely on a video game is letting the kid escape responsibility for his actions and would be a horribly perverse response to horrible situation.

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    Jo Mamma, 26 Sep 2006 @ 8:37pm


    I doubt the Tech Dirt guys wanted to create a discussion on gun control, so I'll try to keep this brief...

    Point 1. I don't hunt... I don't shoot cans (often)... I do reserve the right to defend myself... I do reserve the right to form a "militia" should things totally go to shit. Extreme? Perhaps, but I'd bet everything I own that it will be necessary sometime in the future (which is after all, presumably infinite)...

    Point 2. I *MIGHT* be willing to concede the point that "less" people would die should guns be outlawed, but the question would be who's dying? Is it the honest person that gave up their right to self-defense, or the criminal who doesn't want to follow the rules?

    Point 3. I guarantee you couldn't kill me with a printer... I'd shoot you first :-)

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