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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Why Did He Kill Those Children?

The criminal who murdered dozens of children in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, must have grown insensitive to the bloody result. That act of mass, cold-blooded murder requires not only the idea for it, but also a desensitizing to the blood-spattered result. The media are trying to blame his evil act on the lack of gun control. But the ownership of firearms or attending a shooting range do not desensitize someone to the cold-blooded murder of many children. The idea for massacering children in an elementary school, or shooting up a mall filled with Christmas shoppers, does not come from reading books, watching movies, or listening to music. Does the incitement for such unspeakable acts come from hours of role-playing violent video games?

A recent study found that the more someone plays violent video games, the more aggressive he is likely to become in real life. That study, released prior to its publication next month in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology seems to report the obvious, but it needs to be said. The mass murderer at the Newtown elementary school, Adam Lanza, had an existence that “largely involved playing violent computer video games,” as reported by the Telegraph in England. That British newspaper reported that Lanza had “spent hours playing violent video games such as "Call Of Duty" in a windowless bunker.” The liberal media in the United States were slow to publicize his video game occupation, but finally Connecticut authorities confirmed that Lanza had been playing “graphically violent” video games. While growing up, one of his favorite games was the violent game called Dynasty Warriors. It is common for law enforcement to fail to disclose to the public the extent to which a mass murderer had been playing violent video games, as well as what psychiatric or illegal drugs he may have been using. It was a plumber who worked in Adam Lanza's house who told what he had witnessed to a British newspaper. The U.S. media have also been ignoring other facts about the 20-year-old Lanza such as his mental diagnosis, medication, and the fact that he didn’t have his father in the home because he had been divested of his father’s authority by a family court.

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