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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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2006 @ 9:21pm

    GTA prolonged patricide

    I'm assuming for this purpose the kid was in fact abused... just so you know...

    how much does anybody want to bet that the kid's playing GTA prolonged him from murdering his father? of course he would be angry if he was abused, so that anger would have to go somewhere - so isn't it better to funnel it into pointlessly killing people and driving cars off of buildings for points in GTA than to have nothing to funnel anger into?

    its possible that if he hadn't been playing GTA, he could have done worse than shot them - would you rather he be even more pent up and sacrifice them in a pentagram, cut out their insides, and pray for hell on earth?

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