In a long-standing political debate characterized by shrill rhetoric, Miami attorney Jack Thompson has made a doozy of an assertion to a Louisiana newspaper. The Advocate, citing Thompson's suggestion to criminal investigators that video games may have been involved in a fatal Louisiana shooting earlier this week, reports that the controversial anti-game attorney said the following:
"Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer."
Funny, that. A quick Google search on "shot in the face" turns up 921,000 entries. Here's a quick sample just from the past week. We see nary a video game or a hitman among them.
"Delivery Man Shot in the Face", Brooklyn, May 25th, 2006
"A man that interrupted the robbery was shot in the face", Sonoma County, California, June 2nd, 2006
"She was able to get medical treatment, when coalition helicopters medevaced Sherifa and her cousin, who was shot in the face, to Kandahar Air Field", Afghanistan, May 31st
"...was engaged in a custody dispute over their son... shot in the face as he slept", Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, May 30th
"They had a relationship that ended prior to the shooting. Light was shot in the face at close range", Lima, Ohio, June 2nd, 2006
As GamePolitics has noted in the past, outrageous and polarizing characterizations such as this do nothing to advance the political dialogue concerning video game violence. Just the opposite, in fact.
GP can only hope that elected officials in Louisiana who are presently considering video game legislation drafted by Thompson are reading their local newspapers carefully.
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