CT senator says games influenced Sandy Hook shooter

Democratic senator Chris Murphy says massacre may not have happened if games did not glorify guns and violence.

Democratic Connecticut senator Chris Murphy is the latest politician to call out the gaming industry in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Speaking during Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) press conference yesterday (via GamePolitics) introducing a bill that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines, Murphy said the massacre may not have occurred if games did not glorify guns and violence.

"I think there's a question as to whether he would have driven in his mother's car in the first place if he didn't have access to a weapon that he saw in video games that gave him a false sense of courage about what he could do that day," Murphy said.

Previously, republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie said violent games must be examined in the wake of the shooting. Before that, and just a week after the December 14 shooting, the National Rifle Association condemned violent games, saying they were partially to blame for the mass shooting.

Murphy's entire speech is available below.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

1534 comments
Morgueson
Morgueson

It may also have happened even if games didn't "promote violence".

Dumb logic is dumb.

IrishConnor94
IrishConnor94

Shut the fuck up. I haven't seen any proof that guy was a gamer at all, he was just a psychotic. If you want to point blame, blame the people and situations that led him to getting the gun in the first place. Don't make stupid theories about why he might have used the gun, when you are better off figuring out how he GOT the gun instead

Maverick2448
Maverick2448

Odd, I didn't know this guy could read the mind of a dead person. I guess ghost whisperers are real after all. Seriously though, I know it's cliche but I just can't believe that the people put retards like this in congress all the time. Worse still, these same people seem surprised that our country is in the trouble it is in. Funny how the world works.

suhinho
suhinho

so this politician admits the shooter was a nut and all he needed was a slight push from video games to commit the crime? so what would stop this nut from doing the exact same thing say if he instead read an article of a previous shooting on the news which gave him "false sense of courage"? well better get ready to burn tvs, computers and news anchors on a stake. damn politicians...

jark888
jark888

I don't mind research on the influence of violent game. However, 

without the real gun, how could someone kill anybody with game? 

FUCK  POLITICS!!!

KeRoX
KeRoX

Having guns given out to anyone that ask for em is not a problem. The video games are.

kingcole225
kingcole225

People die. That's just what happens in the world, especially in a society that emphasizes freedom. Let's keep it free.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Or maybe the guns laying around the house are partially to blame. This person was messed up since he was a little kid. A babysitter was told by his mother, "Don't let him out of your sight, not even for a second." And a barber at a barbershop said his mother would do the the talking for him. Plus, the day before he got into an argument supposedly with some of the teachers. But hey, videogames.

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

every time i see these articles... im gonna ask the same damn thing........ "what ever happend to crazy?"

Araknie
Araknie

He's an asshole but it's true the market as really too much gun games. Where is the fun in playing a game these days?

fastfoodjunkie
fastfoodjunkie

right, blame the games for the negligence of the government, society and the parents.

Darth_Starwind
Darth_Starwind

This guy is a moron. The shooter, (whom I'm not going to name in an attempt not to glorify him in anyway: may his name never be remembered) got the weapons from his mother's collection. He didn't choose them because they were game favorites but because he had access to them. Well some access, he did have to kill his own mother to get all of them... Plus even if he was selective in what he chose, there could have been a whole multitude of reasons why he chose what he chose. This rat bastard senator was just jumping on the band wagon to gain votes from an un-educated public.

Plus the shooter was mentally ill. Say for a moment that violent games did influence him to do what he did, what does that actually prove? That a mentally ill person was influenced by an outside source. Hell wasn't the Son of Sam killer that was influenced to kill by his neighbors dog? My point is that even if his crime was motivated by violent games, it does nothing to prove how said games could influence a healthy but young mind. A comparison between this case and violence trends would not be valid.

kessel21
kessel21

You know, I watched a few episodes of Cupcake Wars the other day.  It totally glorified cupcakes.  Now all I want to do is shove a hundred or so Peanut Butter Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes down the throat of the next person I see.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

It seems to me like these politicians are just trying to get us all riled up to the point where we prove them right. It's a shame that somebody could be so cruel as to try to incentivise such violence just so they can be "right."

demonic_85
demonic_85

If that law was in place on Dec. 14 the shooter would have picked a different weapon to use. Maybe another gun or maybe a sword? The point is if people have it in their head to kill other people, not having access to one particular kind of weapon is not going to stop them. There are a lot of reasons why people do awful things like this, could be a mental illness that he didnt get help with or maybe he was a violent person. I down know and i'm not going to make any assumptions or place the blame on something like guns or video games.

Recently in the news they talked about a guy who strangled a doctor in her home while pretending to be an exterminator. He didnt use a gun and didnt play video games. People have been killing other people LONG before video games existed and LONG before assault weapons existed.

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

Nothing will change, nothing will happen. The only thing this will cause, is more polemic news on TV and a lot of paranoia.

Bavoke
Bavoke

we have violent games aswell in Europe, are there school shootings in Europe? didn't think so! The ease of getting guns in the US is the only thing to blame

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

I wonder how much bribe money, oooops sorry I mean campaign contributions, does this ass clown receive from the NRA I wonder.  Oh well until it behooves Microsoft,Sony, EA, and the rest of the major gaming corporations to start to buy politicians themselves.  We will hear this scapegoating BS with every new mass shooting. Politicians will do or say anything to get some media spotlight time and some more money or favors from lobbyists.

vidgame17
vidgame17

putting these gun law and blaming video games wont change a thing. All his speech was doing was just trying to find a quick and easy solution that he thinks would work.

FakeKisser
FakeKisser

The line about videogames didn't even need to be there. However, we shouldn't overreact too much. I'm pretty sure he was just trying to say that those guns shouldn't be allowed outside of videogames (for civilians).

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

This is the EC comics witch-hunt all over again.  Politicians always have, and always will, look for an easy scape-goat to blame rather than hitting the deeper issues.  Comics, music, movies, games...they've all had their day.

warragh
warragh

this is purely a political declaration. a one that it quite full of crap. politicians should focus on solving the real issues not create artificial ones

exarkuniv
exarkuniv

" him a false sense of courage about what he could do that day"

like you need  courage to go and kill a bunch of kids. really what a dumbass

so the fact that this guy was mentally ill has nothing to do about it.

it is sad that this guy is 'helping' to rule our country. so can i blame this guy for the sudden urge to go a kill him with a crowbar. or should i blame Half Life ?

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

This is why the slow Zebras at the back of the herd get their asses eaten by Lions.


...just think about that for a minute.

souljacker47
souljacker47

Guys like this shouldn't be allowed to be senator. It's narrow thinking like this that has gotten this country into trouble. Violence has been around long before games and movies. If they need someone to blame, here are some suggestions:

1) Gun Control - If guns didn't exist, this wouldn't have happened - how's that!...Or how about not giving guns out to the population like candy. How did this kid get a gun? Isn't that more of an issue here? Of course the NRA is going to put some blame on games because they won't admit full responsibility.  

2) Parenting? It was reported this kid had a personality disorder and the mother is stalking an arsenal of weapons in the house. Nice to have around a troubled child. And she took him to the shooting range to boot!

There was no mention this kid even played video games from what I read.  Murphy should give up his position. He is not fit to be on the senate. This is highly careless on his part to use games as an excuse to cover up the real problems here.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Amazing how much blame games are getting from our awesome elected officials. And yet just the other day there was an article about a guy who admitted in his confession that the movie Halloween influenced his decision to kill his mother and sister. Are we going to go "examine" movies too?


These guys say anything to deflect from having to ask hard questions and make real choices about how to control mass killings.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Ok, so video games never exsisted, this would't of happened......give me a break you idiot.Violent games dont make people killers, its people with messed up brains that kill innocent people.All these people saying video games are to blame are a joke and are giving gamers a bad name.So are you saying senator that playing Mario or Super Monkey ball are to blame for deaths?If I could I would slap the stupid out of this guy......

samleoner
samleoner

Oh my God... there is always someone to blame, isn't it?

Willie_d7
Willie_d7

There is a lesson in majority of entertainments that violence is permitted if you have been wronged or if you are in the right that has permeated much of the American if not the world psyche.

Media - video games included - does affect attitudes and mores about violence. There seems to be little to no acknowlegement of that in 1500 responses, which comes across as  incredibly dishonest or willfully ignorant. I see plenty of blame being placed elsewhere and while some of it is surely warranted you damage the integrity of your arguement if you refuse to admit that virtually slitting someones throat 200 times an afternoon might have some impact on an individual's (esp. an unstable one) perceptions of throat slitting.

Video games make an easy punching bag for legislators and "grown-ups" and I'm not suggesting that any possible ill effects are worse than TV or movies - or that limiting adult consumption of any form of Constitutionally protected art (like video games) is appropriate. Nor am I suggesting that we throw away 2nd Ammendment rights. I'm only pointing out the majority of arguements here are just as disingenuous and one-sided as the NRA's and that by not perhaps taking some responsibilty or even just talking, game publishers risk being shut out if any regulation happens.

Tzardok
Tzardok

So, you do know the shooter was a medically confirmed to be mentally-ill person, right? I mean, he could have watched Friday 13th and used an axe against the people, because their was a lack of self-control. You can dress it up as much as you like, but the bottom line is that their will always be violence in this world, I believe games provides an escape from it. I take out all my hate from a bad day and release it in a virtual world without harming or even talking to other players (thus I avoid "stress transfer"). After a healthy session, I am ready to talk to my family. Please not I don't have that many bad days, but when it happens, it is good to have a game nearby.

timdogg42069
timdogg42069

Like those stupid people that were trying to picket the kids funerals saying that God sent the shooter, they should've been spanked with a spiked bat in the face.

timdogg42069
timdogg42069

Shit like this prolly happens because nobody spanks their kids anymore.  I don't know what the problem is with that as well I got my ass beat a lot growing up and yes it defenitely sucked in the moment and wouldn't wish it on many people but it defenitely taught me that I didn't want it to happen again.  I believe I am a better person now for it happening even tho I f'ing hated it.

rollerloller
rollerloller

Remember the late 80's, early 90's when heavy metal was on the spotlight? Every generation needs something to blame

mr_azim
mr_azim

This moron's ignorance is what fueled the shooter.

TAracer
TAracer

The Democrat Party rejects our Constitution.  This is his mother's fault for allowing her mentally disturbed kid, who she knew had mental problems, have access to weapons.  Do they plan on banning TV and Movie violence as well?  They have already decided we are not allowed to drink 17oz soda's in NY.  We're just too stupid to make our own decisions.  Remember this when it comes time to vote again.

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

3:30 sounds more like he just threw it out there more than blamed them, he could just as easily had said movies as well.. maybe its just me

trypsix
trypsix

Senator John McCain also said vaccinations causes autism.

Politicians lie, and people still believe them. 

jecht1187
jecht1187

Ok.... this is getting to be quite annoying... First of all... Game violence has been around for more than 3 decades... and only in the past few years are governments using this as an excuse for violent shootings? I'm sorry senator, but find another and better excuse.. Games do not and will never act as a first attempt to change a person enought to manipullate them to commit such a crime. Your government is to blame for all that is wrong in your country. In our country, we have all the same games as in the States and yet you don't see any of us going around shooting innocent children in schools... From what i read online, Adam Lanza was on medication made by the wonderfull pharmaceuticle companies whom by the way killed more people in the span of the 3 decades that video games violence has existed that equals the amount of useless deaths in the war in Iraq for God sakes!!!

The pharmaceuticle companies pump kids with all sorts of drugs that in a long run can have drastics effect on anyone's consciousness and abilities to function properly in society. and of top of that... you can also thank your government for sending soldiers (good family men and women who shouldn't volunteer for such acts of crime against humanity) across the ocean to fight on foreign lands killing women and children for what??? Oil???? Gold??? a life is worth more than any material goods in this or any other worlds!!!

So to conclude this... Pharmaceuticals and Governments kill people... not games!

You want to blame someone Senator... start by looking in your back yard... 

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

Since there's three articles pointing whether that violent games has a direct influence on mentally disturbed person that drives on killing people? That's one half of the equation. The other half is what if a mentally disturbed saw a gun and has pile of fantasies he thinks he can do in real life? There's the other half. Obviously children wouldn't be put through that at such an early age when it comes to guns. Even though there's no connection between gunners and violent games, it's such an annoying norm in America that they jump to such a wild conclusion.

What those problem solving teach us? Be reckless or be thoughtful of our actions? Mentally disturbed needs to be really checked before put them back on the streets and really, guns for citizens or anyone unlicensed is a big no-no. Only people with jobs with exception to criminals, well, to keep the police in check should be the ones that's qualified to use guns. One notion that can be used as a last notion? Why and what's more important about guns? Of course to defend ourselves but it should be used as a last resort. And it's only important if there's going to be a civil war. Not out of pleasure like Homer Simpson in the episode to see what clown he is on a handgun. (I'm sure you're already seen that episode, I have no doubt about it)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

FFS.

If people have mental issues and can get hold of a gun this shit is going to happen regardless.  That's all there is to it.

Have stricter gun laws US and you'll see a world of difference. In Britain we're playing the same games and watching the same films.. Do these mass shootings happen to the same scale or frequency? Hell no.

It aggravates me SO much when people just look at the wrong issue here.. You may be proud of your freedom and the right to bear arms but look at what it actually does for your country! Sweet feck all.

Stop blaming video games.. Deluded.

Llama345
Llama345

Ah the classic "what can I say that will allow me the best chance for reelection" route. 

forever_blank
forever_blank

I tried turning myself into a morph ball. I'm currently in hospital with approximately  96 fractures and 23 torn ligaments. Games ruin lives.

SnappySnake
SnappySnake

Of course. "I SAW SOMETHING COOL IN A VIDEO GAME I'M GONNA DO THE SAME THING"

The kid had a mental problem. Way to focus on the wrong issues, bureau boys.

HallowBastion
HallowBastion

@TAracer If Democrats are the problem here, then explain why GOP Senators and Congressmen spew the same garbage. You can't, because the truth is that ignorance impacts both parties, especially on the subject of gaming, equally. 

And for the record, the 17 ounce soda law only impacts New York City. The rest of NY is unaffected.

jecht1187
jecht1187

@trypsix That's because of another problem with today's society... The over consumption of Floride in drinking water.. It renders a person docile and ignorant to belveive whatever they are told.

Look it up... Google search "Floride water" and then check with your cities water supply and bottle water, toothpaste, etc... It's everywhere!