If Sarah Palin isn’t to blame for Jared Lee Loughner’s rampage in Tucson, Arizona, then who else or what else can be blamed? Michael McWhertor at Kotaku is concerned about a report from the Wall Street Journal by John R. Emshwiller, Devlin Barrett and Charles Forelle that, according to Loughner’s classmates, he was an avid gamer.
Here we go. Jared Lee Loughner, the Tucson man accused of attempting to kill Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been identified as a “big video gamer” by former classmates. Oh, and he really enjoyed reading Mein Kampf…
…According to a Wall Street Journal report, “All [Loughner] did was play video games and play music,” according to high school friend Tommy Marriotti. And by way of The Arizona Republic, the suspected murderer was a “big video gamer,” or so says Pima Community College student Chris Walker.
To be fair, the Wall Street Journal article only made mention of what was said by classmates, instead spending the majority of it focusing on Loughner’s obsession with Gabrielle Giffords. The mention of video games is just to put an emphasis on this deranged individual’s anti-social tendencies. Does that mean all video gamers are this way? Of course not. Video games have become the entertainment medium of our generation. All sorts of people play them, whether they be social or anti-social. The Nintendo Wii, the most successful system of this console generation, was advertised as being a social magnet. Online gaming has also become the new social meeting place, bringing together people from all around the world. Suffice to say, video games being an escape for the anti-social is debatable.
Ever since video games were blamed for the Columbine High School massacre, the gaming community has been very defensive about any mention of video games as a cause for deranged behaviour. Though Michael McWhertor may be a bit sensitive, he does make the point that there were man other potential inspirations for this tragedy, including Mein Kampf. Instead of looking for a scapegoat, why not accept that Jared Lee Loughner was disturbed and didn’t need a rational reason to do what he did? Is that so difficult?
UPDATE: Hot Air’s Allahpundit put up a post regarding the finger pointing being done by those looking to blame something or someone for Jared Lee Loughner’s rampage. I don’t think “violent media” is to blame for the acts of a deranged individual. No matter what it is, be it music, movies, television, video games, etc twisted people will look for a deeper meaning in what is and isn’t deemed controversial.
As Bill O’Reilly stated in his Talking Points Memo (hat-tip to RealClearPolitics.com) civilizations have always had disturbed individuals and there is no solution to them. Instead of blaming everything and everyone else, why not point the finger at the person who pulled the trigger? Pathetic…