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Old 24-08-2013, 21:48
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http://news.sky.com/story/1132826/bo...ing-video-game

An eight-year-old boy intentionally gunned down his grandmother minutes after playing the violent video game Grand Theft Auto IV, US authorities said.

The town of Slaughter, Louisiana, is in shock after the child was able to access the family's gun and shoot the 90-year-old in the head while she was watching television.

The woman, who was helping to look after the boy, was pronounced dead at the scene at the Country Breeze Mobile Home Park.

Sheriff's deputies have not revealed a motive but they pointed out the child was playing the video game before the fatal shooting.

The game, which is rated "M" for mature audiences and is recommended for ages 17 and older, has been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people.

The child told investigators that he accidentally shot the woman while playing with a firearm, WAFB-TV reported.

But evidence has led investigators to believe the child intentionally shot her in the back of the head as she watched TV, it added.

Neighbour Johnnie Scott told Fox8live.com: "Where did she have the gun?
A still image from Grand Theft Auto IV

"Where did he see the gun, was it in his eyesight? That's the thought that goes through my head."

Child psychologist Kristopher Kaliebe said access to a violent video game such as Grand Theft Auto IV may encourage aggressive behaviour.

He said: "From a behaviour therapy perspective, I would say that's practicing.

"So if you have a video game where someone shoots at a target, that's sort of practicing shooting at a target.

"When you have a video game that is shooting at a human being, that is practicing shooting at a human being."

The child is being looked after by his parents. The authorities are treating the shooting as a "homicide".

The boy cannot be charged with a crime because of his age, the sheriff's office said.

Louisiana law states: "Those who have not reached the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility."
Unfortunate town name, but questions must be asked. Why is a child playing GTA? and how is he able to access a gun? Murica!
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Old 24-08-2013, 21:54
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Quite. The game can't be blamed... The kid however can.
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Old 24-08-2013, 21:54
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Oh no, Fox News will have a field day with this.

But yeah, why was he playing the game in the first place and more to the point how did he easily gain access to a weapon? Of course neither of these questions will be raised by the US media, they will just focus on the violence in the game itself.
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Old 24-08-2013, 22:18
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The kid shouldn't have been playing the game and the weapon should've been locked away. Captain Hindsight perhaps but it's true!
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Old 24-08-2013, 22:41
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M-rated game played by 8 year old = Parental fail

8 year old has access to a firearm = Parental fail

People need to stop blaming video games and start taking some fooking responsibility.
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Old 24-08-2013, 23:14
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If this had happened over here Keith Vaz would have jumped on the anti-video game violence bandwagon quicker than you could say Jack Robinson
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Old 24-08-2013, 23:17
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M-rated game played by 8 year old = Parental fail

8 year old has access to a firearm = Parental fail

People need to stop blaming video games and start taking some fooking responsibility.
Hear, Hear- they ignore all the warnings given to them, I once politely asked a mother in GAME whether she realized the content in the game she was giving to a child of a similar age to this case included violence, prostitution and was adult in nature, her response 'Well they all play it now,' Parents are shocking!
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Old 24-08-2013, 23:21
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Old 24-08-2013, 23:23
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He must have wondered why 4 stars didn't appear above his head and his cousin phoned wanting to go bowling..

It's a terrible occurence, but he shouldn't have been playing it and maybe it would be an idea to keep guns locked away from kids. Jeez i keep the bleach out the way.
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Old 24-08-2013, 23:31
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This story is just such a non starter we already know who is to blame

The Child for doing it
The Parents for not raising the child to know better + leaving GTA and a Gun in plain view
The Grandparent for watching TV and not the child

Take your pick, or choose all three they are all right answers

With the internet and the new generation on console getting press coverage on gaming i can see a small glimmer of a future where stuff like this starts getting shut down at the source

I'm sure right now though twitter is a blaze with local morons (to that area) calling for a games burning or something similar
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Old 25-08-2013, 00:20
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Shame that - given the massive rise in football in the States - he wasn't playing FIFA 13. Otherwise the worse that would have happened is he'd have traded in his crap grandma for a 4-4-2 Eto.
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Old 25-08-2013, 00:54
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To Be fair Roman and his obsession with titties made me want to go on a killing spree.
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Old 25-08-2013, 01:31
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It's tragic and all, but why the hell was an 8 year old playing GTA?

A sensible parent wouldn't give a child free access to a horror movie, or pornography, or a bottle of vodka. But apparently, an adult-only videogame is ok??

When will these people learn?
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Old 25-08-2013, 01:50
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Who the hell names a town Slaughter?
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Old 25-08-2013, 01:56
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I used to play Pac Man and oft but found myself gobbling pills in darkened night clubs chasing ghosts... can I sue?

Why would you allow a child that young access to a gun, GTA maybe.. a gun???

I almost killed myself at the age of 14 going through my step fathers gun collection so I know just how awful this can be, I'd never let my kids play with guns
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Old 25-08-2013, 03:47
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Why would you allow a child that young access to a gun, GTA maybe.. a gun???
http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/201...the_gun_a.html


Access? These tools buy their kids guns!
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Old 25-08-2013, 04:53
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In 1920s America, kids would leave their rifles in the principal's office, and go hunting after school. There were no school shootings. At the age of 8, this is an extreme case, but the general trend in Western society is one of nihilism and degeneracy. Our culture is only symptomatic of this problem. Supposedly, progessivism has made us all morally superior to our ancestors, but the dramatic rise in crime/incarceration/drug use/promiscuity and the dramatic decline in work ethic/chivalry/religious observance do not look like that to me. Parents expect the government to do their job for them, because they expect the government to do everything for them.
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Old 25-08-2013, 05:48
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My 8 year old keeps talking about all the 18 year old games his friend has (and I no longer allow him to go his house because of this). He used to ask me to buy these same games but he has given up, I am really resolute about him not playing those type of games at his age.

Sad state of affairs in this case but how he was able access that gun is just madness!
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Old 25-08-2013, 07:15
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Maybe the kid had played vice city and San Andreas before and went crazy when he realised how poor gta 4 actually was.

On a serious note i would place no blame on the kid. If you let an 8 year play a violent video game where he can shoot people all day and then leave a gun lying around it doesn't take a genius to figure he may actually use the real gun. I doubt an 8 year old fully understands the ramifications of murdering somebody.
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Old 25-08-2013, 07:59
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Another painful lesson for Americans who think the right to own a gun is a legitimate right. The second amendment must surely have cost more lives from Americans gunning down fellow Americans than in the civic war.
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Old 25-08-2013, 10:04
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The gun should have been locked in a cabinet.
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Old 25-08-2013, 10:05
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Since when do you get points for killing people? Bit strange aswell being so close to 5's release.
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Old 25-08-2013, 10:06
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It's lucky he wasnt playing Saints Row..
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Old 25-08-2013, 10:07
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It's lucky he wasnt playing Saints Row..
Aye he'd probably had jumped off the roof of his house or something.
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Old 25-08-2013, 10:29
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I played GTA 3 well under age, didn't do me any harm at all. Games/movies/music etc can never be blamed, it's the complexion of the people themselves. If you've not been taught right and wrong, this sort of material could, and I stress could, have an effect.

Obviously this kid was very young and at an impressionable age, however the biggest question has to be how on earth did he get his hands on a gun?! The rest is irrelevant.
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