Saudi boy, 4, shoots father after being denied PlayStation

We hear a lot of stories regarding children committing crimes when parents prevent them from playing video games or when parents refuse to buy them games or consoles. The latest example, reported by Yahoo News, involved a four-year-old Saudi boy shooting his father in the head while playing with his gun at their house, reportedly after his parent refused to buy him a PlayStation console.

The shooting occurred after the boy and his father returned home from the shop. The man, in his forties, put down his pistol while taking off his shirt, but he failed to notice that his son had grabbed his gun and was playing with it before putting his little finger on the trigger.

The father died instantly. Arabic media has already labelled the boy the youngest killer in Saudi Arabia.

The tragic death will no doubt fuel the endless debate over whether or not children are being negatively influenced by increasingly violent computer games. What are your views on the topic? Be sure to let us know your thoughts below.

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As horrible as this is, it's called a 4 year old who didn't know what he was holding. Had nothing to do w/ the Playstation...

I was still with my Matchbox and Hot Wheels toy cars when I'm 4 years old
Game Boy and Sega Mega Drive came later with my first violent game a Mortal Kombat

I guess the father let his guard down at home, he thought its safe and he could trust family.
If I was him I would felt betrayed by my son.
But I don't know the family background enough to really said anything.

what a load of cr***!! a child killed his father by accident because he was totally irresponsible handling his gun having a minor around; the PS have nothing to do with it!!

Draken said,
what a load of cr***!! a child killed his father by accident because he was totally irresponsible handling his gun having a minor around; the PS have nothing to do with it!!

This... exactly this!

I think we all know how this is going to go. Everyone will point the finger at video games instead of blaming the parents obvious lack of responsibility in letting the gun be in the kids reach.

Blackhearted said,
I think we all know how this is going to go. Everyone will point the finger at video games instead of blaming the parents obvious lack of responsibility in letting the gun be in the kids reach.

+eleventy billion. Sad to hear this happen, but this needs to be a lesson to weapon owners to keep their stuff away from kids and NEVER assume they won't pick it up, even for a second.

Blackhearted said,
I think we all know how this is going to go. Everyone will point the finger at video games instead of blaming the parents obvious lack of responsibility in letting the gun be in the kids reach.

Yes. And the first thing we need to question: why did the father carry a gun to begin with?

Blackhearted said,
I think we all know how this is going to go. Everyone will point the finger at video games instead of blaming the parents obvious lack of responsibility in letting the gun be in the kids reach.

Yep, the Daily Fail already has, even though the kid never even had any video games in the first place.