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Thompson writes to NIU president on “mass murder simulation game, Counter-Strike”

Sunday, 17th February 2008 09:53 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Anti-games campaigner Jack Thompson has written to the president of North Illinois University – site of this week’s shootings by former student Stephen Kazmierczak to again link the crime to “mass murder simulation game, Counter-Strike”.

Following the shooting, Thompson appeared on Fox News to immediately associate the killings with gaming. Yesterday, the New York Post “revealed” that Kazmierczak used to play Counter-Strike while enrolled at the campus.

John B. Thompson, Attorney at Law
1172 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 111
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

February 16, 2008

John G. Peters, President
Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115-2825 Via Fax to 815-753-8686

Re: Part of the Explanation for this Awful Disaster

Dear President Peters:

First of all, my condolences for this terrible loss. I have had the disturbing privilege of representing a number of families devastated by these types of incidents. I represented all six parents of the three girls killed by a 14-year-old video gamer in the Paducah, Kentucky, school massacre. I currently represent the families of three policemen in Alabama who were slain by a teen who trained to kill them on the cop-killing simulation video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This case was featured on 60 Minutes. See [here].

The day after the NIU tragedy this week, I was on the Fox News Channel predicting that the killer on your campus would be someone who was immersed in violent video games, as this is a common thread in almost all of these incidents. I mentioned in the interview the mass murder simulation game, Counter-Strike. It was the game of choice by the killers in the two worst school shootings in history—Virginia Tech and Erfurt, Germany.

Sure enough, the New York Post reports today the accuracy of that prediction. I attach herewith the Post article.

Governor Blagojevich was on Fox hours later echoing my specific concern about the linkage between violent video games and school killings.

I have addressed roughly 200 college campuses about this problem. I am more than willing to come to your campus, free of charge of course, to explain to the students and faculty and surrounding community why these games, played by students, pose a public safety hazard. Brain scan science recently coming out of Harvard explains it well. There are multiple reasons why these evil events happen. Immersion of young males in murder simulation as a form of entertainment is one of the more powerful reasons.

Blessings,

Jack Thompson

To be honest, Jack, it rankles that we have to give you air-time. Maybe you should be looking into the fact that any kid can buy a gun on a US street for about 50p instead of taking issue with creative entertainment.

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  1. Syrok

    Exactly, you can buy weapons far too easily in the States.

    Speaking of Counter-Strike: What Jack Thompson calls a mass murder simulation game is used by the Chinese police as an anti-terrorism training game. :)

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    His arguments just don’t hold water. I can understand that he believes in what he’s doing, but you could say the same thing about any form of media, be it violent books, violent film, music with violent overtones; it’s a perpetual argument. If you extrapolate his point of view, he’s saying there should be restriction on adult entertainment in general. It’s just ridiculous.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. kasai

    His arguement is complete moronic. What teenager or young college student doesn’t play video games especially violent ones. The reason he can put a link to all these killings is for the fact teenage boys and young adults like to play these games.

    The people going out doing these mass murder suicides are not doing it because of a game there doing it cause there messed up. Maybe if they took an eraser to the part that say’s there all allowed to bare arms things wouldn’t be so violent.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. scuz

    yeah. rub it in their faces you wang!

    #4 6 years ago
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