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Washington youth blames games for inspiring violent crime

Thursday, 14th March 2013 01:19 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A 14 year-old who shot his parents with a pistol taken from his father’s gun cabinet, leaving both injured and his mother stable but awaiting further surgery, has told police video games made him violent.

In a police report obtained by iFiberOne News, the youth reportedly said he had quit playing games because “he thought they were making him more violent”.

His violent assault occurred an unspecified time after his enacted an electronics ban as a punishment, before which he says he played games “24/7″.

The teenager is said to have been motivated to murder his parents by being told to do chores and play basketball on a Saturday. He allegedly has a history of poor behaviour and instability. Prosecutors have requested the 14 year-old be tried as an adult for two counts of attempted murder.

Peer-reviewed research consistently fails to discover any causative link between violence in media and behaviour, and the US vice president recently dismissed calls for a crackdown on violent games, preferring to back gun law reform.

Thanks, GamePolitics.

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  1. Phoenixblight

    Murderer says violent “X” caused him to murder. That seems logical, I mean its not like he is trying to get out of anything, right?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. atlans89

    People tend to blame on everything to escape their guilt.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. penniman

    “He allegedly has a history of poor behaviour and instability”: This sounds like the real reason. Perhaps games may have brought it on at most.. But it wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t mentally unstable.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Clupula

    I wonder if it was a game about the dog that told David Berkowitz to kill people. I believe it’s name was Bullshit Excuse.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Hybridpsycho

    How about, don’t allow shitty parents to have kids?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. lexph3re

    And yet again we should be stressing the issues of careless parents. For this 14 year old to be playing games 24/7 and have access to violent ones at that on top of the father owning an accessible gun loaded and or the clips in plain sight shows what? Negligence of the parents in properly raising their child.

    Don’t pin this on games because this started in the home first and ended in the court room.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Bashtee

    It’s easier to blame games than tending mental illness. But anyway, nothing will stop the game industry for a reason: it’s already bigger than movie and music industry combined.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. chillin

    Violence and Video games, here we go again.
    Do these people even know what the “children” are doing today?

    So what we must do now?

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm…..!!!!!

    So if you play SimCity, you will become a city planner when you grow up???

    I got a good laugh when some news story talked about how back in the day playing SimCity, we all didn’t grow up wanting to become city planners…

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Max Payne

    How sick he must be to kill BOTH perents!
    So even after first kill , he didn’t felt anything ?!

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Samoan Spider

    Hmm, I smell a rat. Why would he blame games? If he had the mental wherewithal to identify that games were making him an outwardly angry person then how in the hell did he not correctly identify internal warning signs when he was picking up a gun? I think that someone is putting words in his mouth personally and hoping that the blame will shift. Glad he’s being tried as an adult. But the identification and care of mental health issues should be top priority even more than gun control.

    @9 Attempted murder, not murder btw.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Hellhound30x

    As sad as this is, on the boxes of the video games it says “Mature 17+” He is a 14 year old kid playing video games that weren’t designed for someone of his age. Sounds like another case of BAD PARENTING!

    #11 1 year ago
  12. peck112

    Lawyer: “Would you say Videogames made you violent?”

    Teenager: “Eerrrmm…sure, that’s it – Videogames!”

    #12 1 year ago
  13. nklh4x0r

    You little shit

    #13 1 year ago
  14. RocknRolla

    Ok the whole world must now stop playing video games because a 14 year old shot his parents and told the police “the video games made me violent” :D haah?! it is never video games fault, it can be parents fault for letting their under 18 mental case play a violent game :D i have played only violent games and the result of that? I have learned english and did it very well too, will these people stop with shit like this?

    #14 1 year ago
  15. RocknRolla

    # 10 that is correct! they write “For murder” so more people can see it, and someone did put the words in his mouth with hope that he doesn´t get a big punishment, it was Attempt to murder not MURDER ya cunts!

    #15 1 year ago