Games possible motive behind the sniper attacks

Thanks Josh for this one.

"It was bound to happen, and it did. As I suspected in my previous column, video games have been brought up as a possible "motive" for sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo. The possibility could never be that Muhammad and Malvo were just ill-minded and misguided individuals because that would be too convenient. They do not fit the typical profile of serial killers like Ted Bundy, Charles Manson or David Berkowitz, so some element of society must be to blame for what they did (please sense the sarcasm).

According to an article in the D.C.-area newspaper The Jeffersonian, Montgomery County investigators have bought several violent video games, namely "Grand Theft Auto" games, in search of "any possible motive behind the sniper attacks." What a great use of taxpayer money! Being a detective in Montgomery County sure sounds like fun; you get to play video games and get paid for it. Rather than delve into the past history of the suspects, like Muhammad's past service in the U.S. Army, they've decided to corner a portion of the entertainment industry. If video games do indeed motivate violent actions, then why wouldn't other forms of entertainment? Is there even any connection between the suspects and video games?

As long as video games continue to become more realistic and contain more adult content, we will continue to see them as the scapegoat in any crime with the slightest hint of a connection. Considering the popularity of violent video games, there would be a lot more murderers out there if the correlation was as strong as some people seem to believe."

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