Yesterday GamePolitics ran a story concerning comments made by New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang in relation to crazed killer Jason Robida. Although hizzoner did not link Robida specifically to violent games, he did imply a connection, writing in a statement:
"This was a hate crime... the actions of a single deranged individual act as a wake up call to our community and once again the nation... This cycle of violence must stop. The guns have to come off the streets. The violent video games have to be taken out of our homes."
GP regular Andrew Eisen e-mailed the mayor about his comments and received a reply, which he has shared with us:
When you get a chance please explain to me the social benefits behind police and military video games for the future of our children.
While I am not familiar with these videos I have seen enough to know they can provide no healthy education for our children. Lastly, there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Robida played these video games on a regular basis as he was completely obsessed with weapons, violence and destruction. See his my space website for more details. I sincerely appreciate your comments.
Scott W. Lang
The key words in Lang's e-mail are, "I am not familiar." Jump to conclusions, much, Mr. Mayor? And, as far as Robida's MySpace goes, we've seen it, and it says nada about games. But we await any official word about Robida's gaming habits from New Bedford investigators.
GP: Nice job by Andrew in tracking down the mayor's comments. We think we'll promote him to correspondent. Ah, who are we kidding? We were going to do that anyway...