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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    that_guy_from_Alaska, 20 Nov 2006 @ 12:05pm

    Why do people always blame other people and some gaming companys for crap that children do. Is it always the kids fault when he breaks something he shouldn't have? Is it the companys fault that they made a high selling game? Why should we blame the companys that produce games like GTA on killings that kids do. How do people know that the game trained them? Did the kid actually admit to "being trained?" What if they felt like pulling a colombine not because of what they have played, but because of what they have went through? What if they were picked on and never in their life felt important? They most likely wanted to get attention and this was one solution to a few problems.

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