Despite the fact that absolutely zero evidence exists that ties mass murderer Adam Lanza to video games, the media persists . This can be called nothing but a smear campaign at this point.
In response to that Daily News report calling the Sandy Hook elementary shooter a "deranged gamer," US senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has called for the game developers (and entertainment in general) to tone down the "obscene levels of violence" that exist in our culture today.
In another report by the New York Daily News , Rockefeller stated that the onus cannot fall squarely on parents. He says it's "unrealistic" for parents to control the content their children see and hear in this media-soaked culture. Said Rockefeller:
"In today’s world, where kids can access content across a variety of devices often without parental supervision, it is unrealistic to assume that overworked and stressed parents can prevent their kids from viewing inappropriate content. The only real solution is for the entertainment industry to reduce the often obscene levels of violence in the products they sell."
Well, there's no doubt that he has a point. However, the mere fact that Lanza continues to be branded as a gamer (and even if he was, it's obviously being put forth that games made him perpetrate such an evil act) is based on nothing. And I just can't believe intelligent people are taking this seriously. This would be comical if it wasn't so embarrasing.