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Anti-Game Lawyer Labels ESA President a “Thug”:

I should have known that after Hillary Clinton’s rant about GTA that it would only be a matter of time before everyone’s favorite ambulance chaser from Florida, Jack Thompson, would be shooting his mouth off. Pun intended. Now he’s written an open letter to anyone who will listen I guess. Here are some excerpts…

Thompson begins his letter by once again blaming the “violent video game industry” for the terrible Columbine tragedy.

Still? Way to open up strong Jack proving right off the bat just how much of an assclown you are.

…he then praises Clinton, saying, “Millions of American parents should be thankful to the Senator for striking back against what can be fairly called ‘Grand Theft Innocence’ at the expense of our children by only some within your industry.”

GTA is not intended for children. Never has been, never will be. Again if kids are playing this game it’s because their parents let them. What part of this equation doesn’t he get?

Thompson, who stresses his pride as a lifelong Republican, believes, “The Republican Party would do well to wake up and realize that Senator Clinton is about the work that needs to be done. Today is a mere extension of her years of commitment. This is not politics. This is leadership.”

He then states his distaste for our current Republican President, George W. Bush, who he says “has consistently turned away from parents who have asked him to speak out against the entertainment industry’s assault on our children.” But Thompson saves his true vitriol for Doug Lowenstein and the ESA.

The fact that Thompson considers himself a Republican sickens me. But good for President Bush for not giving in to the hysterics that people like Thompson and his ilk are fond of displaying.

And he says that video games are not protected by the first amendment…

Thompson also calls into question the ESA’s claim that video games are protected as free speech. “I have never, in my eighteen years of public interest law practice against the excesses of the entertainment industry, run into an individual more devoid of even an elementary understanding of the meaning and scope of the First Amendment. Even Howard Stern’s lawyers look like Alexander Hamilton compared to Lowenstein,” he says. “Doug Lowenstein embarrasses each and every one of you when he holds forth about what the ‘Founders’ intended when they drafted the Bill of Rights. For Doug, the Founders are GTA’s Tommy Vercetti and Carl Johnson. Doug never met a pixilated prostitute he didn’t like, and I’m sure James Madison would be impressed.”

How did this guy ever get a law license? Come on Jack be honest with the people. You don’t really care about “the children” do you? You’re probably more concerned about scoring a big payday against the entertainment industry and making a name for yourself. And if it’s at the sake of personal responsibility so be it.

Jack Thompson, it is you that is wrong with our country today. Not video games.

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