Cop Blames Videogames For Sandy Hook Massacre

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Cop Blames Videogames For Sandy Hook Massacre

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A "veteran law enforcement officer" says last year's mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was "the work of a videogamer."

On December 14, 2012, 20 children and six staff members were murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, by a deranged, heavily-armed shooter who had earlier murdered his mother and ultimately shot and killed himself as well. And while the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is known to have suffered from mental illness, one anonymous police official is now pointing the finger of blame squarely at videogames, saying a large spreadsheet containing detailed information about past mass murders that was found at the perpetrator's home is actually a "score sheet."

"This was the work of a videogamer, and that it was his intent to put his own name at the very top of that list. They believe that he picked an elementary school because he felt it was a point of least resistance, where he could rack up the greatest number of kills. That's what [the Connecticut police] believe," the "veteran cop" told the NY Daily News after attending an address given by Connecticut State Police Colonel Danny Stebbins, who spoke about the shooting.

"They believe that (Lanza) believed that it was the way to pick up the easiest points. It's why he didn't want to be killed by law enforcement," he continued. "In the code of a gamer, even a deranged gamer like this little bastard, if somebody else kills you, they get your points. They believe that's why he killed himself."

The officer said Lanza learned some of the techniques he used in his attack from videogames, including the "tactical reload" - reloading before your current clip empties - and switching to a handgun when the strap broke on his AR-15 rifle. "Classic police training," he said. "Or something you learn playing kill games."

An anonymous, second-hand account printed in tabloid may have a certain dubiousness to it, but the Daily News is the fourth-most-read newspaper in the U.S., and what people read, they tend to believe, especially when it comes from authority figures - even if it's just anonymous cops. And videogames are an easy target, which is what makes even wildly nonsensical claims about things like a "gamer code" so troublesome.

"These guns, one of them an AR-15, in the hands of a violent, insane gamer. It was like porn to a rapist," the unnamed officer claimed. "They feed on it until they go out and say, enough of the video screen. Now I'm actually going to be a hunter."

Source: NY Daily News

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Holy shit you mean he reloaded before the clip emptied and then resorted to a pistol when he was out of rounds?

Dayum! This kid is a tactical genius.

dead horse

'Tactical reloading'

Yeah, video games really teach 'advanced techniques' like reloading a magazine before it's empty, or switching to a secondary weapon when your primary is compromised.

Really advanced shit right there.

I fill up my glass of coke when it's half empty, I call it Advanced Tactical Refilling, or if my glass breaks, I just use another, I call it Tactical Advanced Glass Switching.

Andy Chalk:

A "veteran law enforcement officer" says last year's mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was "the work of a videogamer."

As well as a white male. Excellent point made Mr Police man.

Andy Chalk:
"In the code of a gamer, even a deranged gamer like this little bastard, if somebody else kills you, they get your points. They believe that's why he killed himself."

I am not sure what games he has played, but I wasn't aware that dying in a game took your points away and gave them to the opposition. Does anybody know any games that do that?

Andy Chalk:
The officer said Lanza learned some of the techniques he used in his attack from videogames, including the "tactical reload" - reloading before your current clip empties - and switching to a handgun when the strap broke on his AR-15 rifle. "Classic police training," he said. "Or something you learn playing kill games."

Or watching action movies, crime television shows or reading books by ex-military personnel.

Honestly, things like this don't make me worry about people playing games. They make me worry that idiots such as this police officer are in positions of authority over others.

I will bet money this man's a proud card-carrying member of the NRA.

So the fact that the guy was "violent, insane" is less relevant than the fact he was a gamer. Yep, nothing new here. It is indeed diturbing this the twisted logic most people will accept because it was said by a cop.

Wait he could have learned this from "Classic police training"?
BAN POLICE!

Mr. Omega:
I will bet money this man's a proud card-carrying member of the NRA.

Oh come on now. It's not fair to lump all the members of the NRA in with the stupidity of the people they choose to represent them.

Haha. Nice try, Lanza, but everyone knows you can't beat a viking's high-score when it comes to mass-murder.

No, but seriously, this policeman's a dumbass.

In what game do you have all of your points leeched from you from your killer? Sounds terrible!

By that logic if a cop had killed him the cop would've gotten "credit" for killing all those children. This analogy doesn't make any sense at all :/

I have played a game like that before but I believe it was back on like the 64 lol either way at this point we are really just beating the dead horse I still hold faith in the 1st amendment

You know what also has scoresheets? Any sort of competition ever. And obviously the ONLY places to learn about a tactical reload is from hardened police training or playing video games.

New study shows that videogame players tend to have the ability to use logic

Meanwhile cops are unable to aquire such ability even with years of experience!Could these brain using creatures pose a thread to braindead people?

More news at 11

This may very well be one of the stupidest things I've seen.

I can't even begin to fathom the idiocy behind this.

And even worse, people are going to believe this shit. Fucking hell.

Andy Chalk:

"These guns, one of them an AR-15, in the hands of a violent, insane gamer. It was like porn to a rapist," the unnamed officer claimed. "They feed on it until they go out and say, enough of the video screen. Now I'm actually going to be a hunter."

Porn to a rapist is your comparison? Wouldn't you rather a rapist at home violating themselves rather than the public? I understand what you're trying to get across, that it's a catalyst. That violent video games make for violent people. However, arguing that video games were the main cause and that he was a dedicated gamer out to rack up killstreaks, that's just making things up. A video game may cause aggression and cause anger in players, but it is how you handle the anger that is actually valued. Every time I watch the tele there is something that makes me want to go and club the nearest person to just beat sense into them. Yet I don't. This is because I can restrain myself from doing such things.

If someone were reading a newspaper, got upset at the headline and started pelting bullets at people in the street, I guarantee we would not throw a hubbub that newspapers are violent and conditioning society to fight. Yet a common use for newspapers is for spreading the message of revolution and change.

Society needs to stop pointing fingers at others and turn it around. Point at ourselves, we propagate this violence 24/7 and don't miss a beat to point fingers elsewhere.

This cop annoys me.

Because, you know, I totally know how to use a gun because I've played Halo. *can't even play laser tag well* Lanza knew how to use a gun simply because his mother took him shooting. That's that. Video games don't teach Carl about using a real gun.

isn't it the news outlets that discuss and compare these shooters thus sensationalising them (and largely ignoring the victims) so that future psychotic killers have a score sheet to work to. Also don't try and hand wave the known mental disorders of the killer or why he had such easy access to these weapons. Then there's the various other entertainment media like films, books, TV shows etc. etc.

"Tabloid". It's right there in the column. This likely wasn't a police officer, just a "journalist" working for a trash rag pulling crap out of his ass and printing it on a page. Anonymous sources for tabloids DO NOT EXIST. Nothing to see here, move along.

"These guns, one of them an AR-15, in the hands of a violent, insane gamer. It was like porn to a rapist," the unnamed officer claimed. "They feed on it until they go out and say, enough of the video screen. Now I'm actually going to be a hunter."

If I am understanding this correctly, porn creates rapist... Wow I am shocked by this new found information! So I will become a mass rapist/killer/galactic hero by what this guy is saying... This guy is just pure ignorant and is part of Law Enforcement?... Society standards at it's best people.

I just found some shocking evidence on what causes these violent murderous outbreaks. Oxygen. Did you know that all murderers throughout recorded history breathed oxygen? That's %100 of them. Much higher than the percentage of murders who played video games. Now that we know the real cause, we know what we need to do. BAN OXYGEN.

So whycome videogamers are anti social geeks afraid of reality, who are all overweight and living in their parents basements playing their silly games 18 hours a day....UNTIL some lunatic goes crazy, shoots up people, and suddenly gamers are violent terrorists? The dude had serious mental issues. He probably did play video games, those may have been a contributing factor to his crazy, but I doubt was the root cause.
THe Dude got access to a lot of guns...the NRA (at least their head spokesman Wayne LaPieere) said that only if EVERYONE had a gun could this tragedy have been averted, or lessened (I say possibly more people armed, could have just as likely lead to as many or more dead and injured, as fewer) and no need for any changes to the already underenforced gun laws (But he did point at movies and videogames).
I long for the good old days, back in the 60s, when no one EVER killed anyone (for no good reason).
I wonder what video Games Jack the Ripper played?

Andy Shandy:
This may very well be one of the stupidest things I've seen.

I can't even begin to fathom the idiocy behind this.

And even worse, people are going to believe this shit. Fucking hell.

1) love the avatar, Yu made the funny bits of the game a riot in the animation

2) pretty much everything this guy said :/

catchpa:good grief

indeed catchpa, indeed

kwydjebo:

I long for the good old days, back in the 60s, when no one EVER killed anyone (for no good reason).
I wonder what video Games Jack the Ripper played?

Caine killed Able over Pacman high-scores. God played a lot of Ecco the Dolphin, thus the flood.

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slowest accuser of violence due violent video games of all time!
OF ALL TIME!

I'm still going to blame the guns that fired the bullets, and the nut job holding said gun.

Can you imagine the carnage that would have taken place had he walked in there holding a copy of Call of Duty? Those dvd's can be sharp if thrown hard enough.

Remus:
"Tabloid". It's right there in the column. This likely wasn't a police officer, just a "journalist" working for a trash rag pulling crap out of his ass and printing it on a page. Anonymous sources for tabloids DO NOT EXIST. Nothing to see here, move along.

This times a bazillion.

And if people read this in a tabloid and instantly believe it, I'm not gonna feel too bad about it. We never had much of a chance convincing those kind of people to listen to logic in the first place.

Eh guy is a hick cop in a small new england town....and people are really suprised he would say something this stupid. What did suprise me is that he didn't blame the devil possessing him and that he needed god.

Daystar Clarion:
'Tactical reloading'

Yeah, video games really teach 'advanced techniques' like reloading a magazine before it's empty, or switching to a secondary weapon when your primary is compromised.

Really advanced shit right there.

I fill up my glass of coke when it's half empty, I call it Advanced Tactical Refilling, or if my glass breaks, I just use another, I call it Tactical Advanced Glass Switching.

i blame violent drinking games.

its just a matter of time until a kid will go on a beer pong spree, if we don't stand our ground and ban this filth!
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I wanted to use my CoD skills on the rifle range, but i couldn't find the x button on the weapon. Also, i couldn't enable the auto-aim.

"They believe he learned the principles of this - the tactical reload - from his game...When the strap broke on his first weapon (the AR-15), he went to his handgun at the end. Classic police training. Or something you learn playing kill games."

Which game exactly? Mass Effect? I haven't run across a single game where you're taught about the forward assist, magazine release, or misfeed/double-feeds. All of that was more than likely covered in the damn OWNER'S MANUAL.

Slow news week , Andy ?

You could try combing the british tabloids for some more sensationalistic crap for next week... I am sure someone will find a rabid rat that was used in experiments that involved been subjected to lets plays of video games for hours on end.
The Sun can usually pull out a few doozies for you...

That's bogus.

By killing himself he actually lost a point for suicide, you don't get any points lost for being killed by another.
What a Noob.

Disclaimer: Not making light of the killing themselves, rather the statement made by the officer.

Oh, it couldn't be that he picked a school because schools are "gun-free zones" where law-abiding adults aren't allowed to carry their guns by law (see: least resistance). Because crazy people and criminals always follow the law.

One thing I'd like to ask any of these people over 30 that point at games and say "SEE! THEY CAUSE VIOLENCE!!!" is quite simply "How many videogames have you played? On what do you base this expert analysis of yours? What differentiates you saying "videogames are the cause" from someone saying "clearly aliens contacted him and told him to do it"?"

Because that's about as much sense as this makes. People with absolutely no experience in a given matter making "I know what I'm talking about" judgements on that matter have absolutely no credibility. I'm not going to approach NASA and say that clearly black holes are entry ways into heaven and hell, that's why no living thing can enter them. Why? Because I'm not an astrophysicist, I'd have absolutely no idea what I was talking about.

How do you know that Lanza wasn't just a huge fan of the movie The Frighteners in which a serial killer comes back from the dead specifically so he can continue the killing streak he started while alive? That features a guy obsessed with killing the most people specifically so he can hold the record of it.

And "He didn't want the cops to get any points"? Are you fucking serious? By that logic he wouldn't have killed himself either because that would have taken away from his score. The way to keep your score and not let the opponents get any more points is by ending the round...in this case: throwing down the weapons, laying down with his hands on his head, and surrendering. More likely he chose an elementary school because he was a coward, and a coward wouldn't want to be put on trial. Or, and this is my personal belief, he might have been suicidal from the start and didn't want to leave this world without taking some with him.

It's proof positive that you don't need to be on the internet to state your opinion as unobjectifiable fact. Could it have been games? Sure. Could have also been the fact that he was bat-shit crazy, hated his mother and everything she stood for (I believe I read somewhere that his rampage started in the classroom where his mother should have been teaching, but who knows what's true with this story), and wanted to exhibit the delusional freedom that his mother had always denied him. Could be he just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, his mother made him waffles instead of pancakes, and he just up and decided that everyone had to die because of that. Could be because his father beat the crap out of him when he was a child and therefor he had little regard for the lives of anyone around him. Could be that he had dreams of being famous and saw the guy that shot up the theatre in Aurora get famous on the news for what he did and decided he wanted to emulate that.

I think that every article printed with such tripe as "videogames caused this horrible tragedy!" should come with a line added in "We would like to remind our readers/viewers that correlation does not prove causation."

Honestly, I just wonder why the explination of "He was a fucking LOON!" doesn't work anymore...no, CLEARLY it's not the fault of the person that walked through the school shooting everyone. No, something MADE him do that.

Connecticut State Police, world renowned for their highly educated police officers... how could his statement be anything but truth.

I'm willing to bet this interview was bullshit just trying to stir up page views

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