Official Sandy Hook shooting report does not blame video games

Sandy Hook

By on November 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, multiple lawmakers and concerned interest groups in the USA decided that video games were to blame, and, as a result, ended up spending lots of time and money trying to prove it.

Now, however, the official report from the Connecticut State Attorney has found no tie between the shootings and video games. While noting that the shooter, 20-year old Adam Lanza, did play video games, the games listed were of a wide range, and many other mitigating factors were much more likely to have contributed to the horrific attack.

When it came to playing games, Lanza’s biggest obsession was with Dance Dance Revolution II, which he reportedly played at his local theatre nearly every weekend for “four to ten hours”.

Other titles played included Dynasty Tactics, Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2, Onimusha, Dynasty Warriors, The Two Towers, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Dead or Alive 3, Halo, Halo 2, Lego Star Wars, MechAssault, Mercenaries, MGS2 Substance, Panzer Dragoon ORTA, PSO, Shenmue II, Spiderman, Splinter Cell 2, Splinter Cell-CT, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Republic Commando, Tenchu: Return from Darkness, The Return of the King, Worms Forts Under Seige, Left for Dead, Metal Gear Solid, Dead Rising, Half Life, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Shin Megami Tensei, Dynasty Warriors, Vice City, Team Fortress, Doom, Super Mario Bros., Phantasy Star Online, Paper Mario, Luigi’s Mansion and Pikmin.

Lanza suffered from Aspergers Disorder, OCD and anxiety issues. He refused to take his medication and refused to participate in therapy. Mental health professionals who saw him “did not see anything that would have predicted his future behavior.”

Source: GamePolitics

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NoobyMcNoobnoob

must. not. start. conspiracy theories false flags. rant.

 

How did they gather this list of games anyway?

 

InAUGral:
How did they gather this list of games anyway?

When you commit a murder, you no longer occupy the room you once did – but a jail cell.
In lieu of investigation, they’re going to go into your home and see a nice fat stack of video games in there since it’s most likely the place you play it at.
They list all evidence, even the titles most likely. So, that’s how they got them.

Not like you can tell them “you don’t have a warrant” when you’ve gone and shot some people.

 

Lanza’s biggest obsession was with Dance Dance Revolution II

BAN THIS FILTH! IT TURNS PEOPLE INTO MURDERERS!

 

And the rest of what was reported.

GPS Showing Trips to Sandy Hook
Investigators found a GPS that recorded a trip from Lanza’s house to an area near the Sandy Hook school the day before the shooting, between 2:09 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 13.

Murder Memorabilia
A New York Times article from Feb. 18, 2008, regarding the school shooting at Northern Illinois University

Three photographs of what appear to be a dead human, covered in blood and wrapped in plastic

The book “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy,” Jossey-Bass, 2007, by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher

Photocopied newspaper articles from 1891 pertaining to the shooting of school children

Guns and Ammo
Lanza carried with him a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle, a Glock pistol, a Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistol, and an Izhmash Saiga 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun to Sandy Hook school.

In his house, police found a Savage Mark II rifle.

In his bedroom they found a Christmas check from Lanza’s mother to the shooter to purchase a CZ 83 firearm.

Websites and Computer Files About Guns, Murder, Death
Bookmarks pertaining to firearms, military, politics, mass murder, video games, music, books, Army Ranger, computers and programs, ammunition, candy, economic books

Two videos showing suicide by gunshot

Commercial movies depicting mass shootings

The computer game titled “School Shooting” where the player controls a character who enters a school and shoots at students

Screen shots (172) of the online game “Combat Arms”

Images of the shooter holding a handgun to his head

Images of the shooter holding a rifle to his head

Five-second video (dramatization) depicting children being shot

Images of Lanza with a rifle, shotgun and numerous magazines in his pockets

Documents on weapons and magazine capacity

A document showing the prerequisites for a mass murder spreadsheet

A spreadsheet listing mass murders by name and information about the incident

Large amount of materials relating to Columbine shootings and documents on mass murders

Large amount of materials on firearms

Other Weird Stuff
“Dance Dance Revolution” (DDR) game screen shots

Videos of Lanza playing DDR

Web page design folders

Materials regarding the topic of pedophilia and advocating for rights for pedophiles

Comedy videos

Music

Images of hamsters

 

Oh-oh guys… I play DDR. *backs away wearily*

 

rattus007: Five-second video (dramatization) depicting children being shot

I wonder if it was this:

BTW Dance Dance Revolution II is a Wii game which he would’ve played at home in addition to an arcade DDR machine at the theatre.

 

jme: I wonder if it was this:

BTW Dance Dance Revolution II is a Wii game which he would’ve played at home in addition to an arcade DDR machine at the theatre.

No idea the source I got that info from just had that list, but it could be possible,

 

“Most-played game was Dance Dance Revolution II.”

So it is safe to say they were struck down by a smooth criminal?

:/…

 

I think its more the fact that in the US access to guns is way easier than other western countries and legal. Also semi automatic weapons are worse than fully automatic weapons. Though most fully automatic weapons have semi automatic capability anyway.

You can fire fast with more accurate shots and since no one is shooting back at you semi automatic can cause far more deaths than someone walking into a room with a fully automatic weapon who wastes an entire magazine on a few people.

 

lemonater47: can cause far more deaths

not very common, few people are good enough marksmen to kill people with most caliber of firearm with a single shot. It’s alot harder than you would think, you could injure more people but killing someone with a gun is alot harder than most people realise.

America doesn’t really need to outlaw guns though … just need laws to ensure they’re correctly stored and that children are not allowed to play with them.

 

spooler,

I’m not sure they could introduce a meaningful gun buyback given the sheer number of guns in circulation and how much political or even armed resistance they’d be facing from certain segments of the population.

That piece the Daily show did on Australia’s gun control recently was very entertaining, but it didn’t really address that facet of the issue.

 

spooler

America doesn’t really need to outlaw guns though … just need laws to ensure they’re correctly stored and that children are not allowed to play with them.

He wasn’t a child though… That’s half the problem. He was 20 goddamn years old.

 
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