The return of Jack Thompson: The Ghost of School Shootings past

The return of Jack Thompson: The Ghost of School Shootings past

I haven’t written about Jack Thompson in almost a decade. For those of you who may be too young to remember, Jack Thompson was a Florida attorney who was infamous in the late 90s and early 2000s for claiming video games were the cause of all of society’s ills.

He referred to the original version of Doom(shown above) as a murder simulator and claims he predicted Columbine eight days in advance. He’s blamed a number of school shootings and a cop killing on GTA. He called Bully the Columbine game. He blamed the school shooting at Virginia Tech on CounterStrike. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Jack Thompson’s special brand of crazy. I hate giving Thompson any kind of attention because it’s what he craves. I didn’t even write about him when he e-mailed me to discuss one of his failed causes.

He must really be trying to milk his 15 minutes of fame if he’s willing to contact me, a lowly blogger, about a case that was settled justly 12 years before I received this e-mail.

However, we have to discuss him once again since he’s weaseled his way back into the news. Now, Thompson is offering his services pro bono in regard to the recent shooting at Marshall County High School in Kentucky. Thompson claims he’s been told by an attorney close to the case that shooter Gabe Parker played ‘violent video games’ and had them taken away by Parker’s grandmother prior to the shooting.

Of course Thompson is offering his services for free because he’s been disbarred for life by the Florida Supreme Court.

Jack Thompson is the walking antithesis of ‘correlation does not equal causation’. Video games do not cause school shootings. The reason many school shooters played video games is because most of them were teenagers and teenagers play video games. Hell, I’m pushing 50 and I’ve been playing video games since the Atari VCS, later known as the 2600, and I’ve never been arrested.

Why the media and the law profession continues to give this deluded man the time of day continues to confound me.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play Stardew Valley. By Jack Thompson logic, that should cause me to go on a series of rash farming sprees.

The One Who Shall Not Be Named sues for NIU shooter’s game history

GamePolitics.com » Blog Archive » Jack Thompson, Seeking Killer’s Video Game History, Threatens NIU with Lawsuit:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request production of copies of all documents that reveal Steven Kazmierczak’s play of violent video games, including but not limited to the use of his computer to play Counter-Strike, which he apparently, according to the New York Post, used to rehearse for his Valentine’s Day Massacre at NIU.

Does it ever stop with him?

GTA Killer appeals conviction

Appeals court to hear Moore case:

Devin Moore, aka the GTA Killer, is appealing his conviction in the murders of two Alabama police officers and a dispatcher. When he was arrested Moore said Â?Life is a video game. Everybody has to die sometime.”

Of course during his trial The One Who Shall Not Be Named got involved and claimed that Moore’s violence was caused by the infamous Grand Theft Auto video game. The Nameless One went as far as to file lawsuits against the game manufacturer and the game retailer.

The video game defense wasn’t even allowed into Moore’s trial. Moore was convicted and sentenced to death.

Now Moore and his attorneys are appealing his conviction using the video game argument again…

Moore, now 22, claimed the video game Â?Grand Theft Auto” and childhood abuse influenced his decision-making. His theory was rejected and the video game defense was disallowed during trial. He was convicted on Aug. 9, 2005, and later sentenced to death.

MooreÂ?s attorney, James Standridge, had said that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Standridge argued that when Moore was in a Â?dissociative state” he automatically reverted to scripted behavior influenced by his repetitive video game exposure and childhood abuse.

If the video game defense wasn’t even allowed into the trial what makes them think it will work in the appeal. If this actually works then there is no justice anymore.

Link via Game Politics.

Jack Thompson takes on Bill Gates

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According to Counter-Strike Nation the Washington Post had the following paragraph in this article but subsequently retracted it about the Virgina Tech shooter…

Several Korean youths who knew Cho Seung Hui from his high school days said he was a fan of violent video games, particularly Counterstrike[sic], a hugely popular online game, in which players join terrorism or counterterrorism[sic] groups and try to shoot each other using all types of guns.

Now since a video game site found this before the Post pulled it you know the evil one has seen this. Lo and behold he’s sent a letter to Bill Gates, head cheese of Microsoft who makes Counter-Strike…

April 18, 2007

Bill Gates

Microsoft

1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 Via Fax and e-mail

Dear Mr. Gates:

On Monday, April 16, at 3:10 pm, I was a guest, as I often have been in the past, on the Fox News Channel. News anchor Bill Hemmer asked me to profile the Virginia Tech rampage killer. I did so, noting that until that day the worst school massacre in world history was at the hands of Robert Steinhaeuser, who literally trained on the Microsoft on-line, hyper-violent shooter game, Counterstrike. I mentioned your company’s game by name. I explained that the rehearsal for such a massacre is key to being able to pull it off, as efficiently as Cho, whose name we didn’t even know at the time. Cho and Steinhaeuser were able to do what they did the first time because it was not the first time. This is why the military uses this same virtual reality simulation to train soldiers to want to kill and how to kill calmly, as the witnesses of Cho said he did.

Sure enough, last night I was doing a west coast radio interview when the host said to me, “Mr. Thompson, you are right. The Washington Post is reporting right now the following:

‘Several Korean youths who knew Cho Seung Hui from his high school days said he was a fan of violent video games, particularly Counterstrike, a hugely popular online game published by Microsoft, in which players join terrorism or counterterrorism groups and try to shoot each other using all types of guns.’

I thus went back on the Fox News Channel, and Bill Hemmer and I explained not only that I was right about your game figuring in the Virginia Tech massacre but also that the Washington Post excised the above excerpt from the story this morning. That is yet another story. The bad news for the Post however is that you can still get the excised excerpt at http://www.washingtonpost.com/…AR2007041700563_3.html?hpid=topnews. Thus, the cat is out of the bag, and his paw prints are still on the bag. Is this a great Internet, or what?

As you know, I similalry [sic] went on NBC’s Today Show with the DC Beltway Sniper still unidentified and at-large a few years ago and told Matt Lauer and the nation that the triggerman would most likely be a teen video gamer trained on a sniper video game. The tarot card was a clue, but there were other clues. I was right, as Malvo trained on your Microsoft game, Halo. NBC reported that three months later, and it was part of the criminal trial of Malvo.

Mr. Gates, your company is potentially legally liable the harm done at Virginia Tech. Your game, a killing simulator, according to the news that used to be in the Post, trained him to enjoy killing and how to kill. You knew five years ago that your on-line game, Counterstrike, so clearly figured in the massacre by a student in Erfurt that the event and the game impacted the race for Chancellor in Germany at the time!

Yet, here you are, five years after “Erfurt,” still marketing Counterstrike. having done nothing to disable the server(s) for this mass murder simulator, and it looks like “Virginia Tech” is a consequence. There’s more going on in the world than Vista. Just ask the bereaved Virginia Tech families.

Mr. Gates, pull the plug on Counterstrike today, or do we need more dead to convince you? “Virginia Tech” was the 9-11 of school shootings, and it appears Microsoft is in the middle of it, in more ways than one.

Regards, Jack Thompson

Wow, he changed it up this time. He used killing simulator instead of murder simulator. But as usual Mr. Thompson is off his rocker. I’m not going to go into the thousand ways that he’s wrong. I would hope that our readers are smart enough to figure that out for themselves. I just wanted to display this to show why I consider Jack Thompson the reigning King of All Assclowns.

Jack Thompson, Dr. Phil, and Rush Limbaugh

Can we unclench over 'school shooting video games'?

What do those three names have in common besides the fact that they’re overpaid talking heads? Well, two of them have placed the blame for the Virginia Tech massacre squarely on video games while one of them dismissed the idea and it may not be the ones that you think.

Ok, Jack Thompson is the one that you think. That should have come as no surprise.

What did come as a surprise was TV quack, Dr. Phil. I was never a big fan of his to begin with but I thought he had more smarts than this…

Well, Larry, every situation is different. The question really is can we spot them. And the problem is we are programming these people as a society. You cannot tell me – common sense tells you that if these kids are playing video games, where they’re on a mass killing spree in a video game, it’s glamorized on the big screen, it’s become part of the fiber of our society. You take that and mix it with a psychopath, a sociopath or someone suffering from mental illness and add in a dose of rage, the suggestibility is too high.

What came as even more of a surprise was radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh coming to the defense of gamers.

Not every video gamer goes out and murders 33 people on the college campus though. There’s more to this than that, it may desensitize people, but it doesn’t turn everybody into mass murderers?

People have a tough time accepting a relatively simple explanation for something of this scale. But how many people are playing video games out there? How many millions of people play video games, and how many millions of people have guns?

As they say, politics makes strange bedfellows.

Mr. Thompson Goes to Delaware

Bill would limit sale of video games:

Our favorite idiot lawyer from Florida is on the move again. This time he’s in Delaware trying to help State Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington South, get a law passed that would restrict businesses from selling M-rated games to minors. Never mind the fact that most legitimate stores won’t sell M-Rated games to anyone under 18 and that the majority of kids who get these games are getting through their parents. Jack never lets facts get in his way. Like this little nugget of misinformation from Jack…

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Colorado teens who massacred 13 of their fellow Columbine High School students in 1999, “literally trained on the game ‘Doom,’ ” Thompson said.

Sure they did Jack. Just forget all those tapes they made showing them at a homemade target practice. I myself, and millions of other people have played Doom and never picked up a gun in anger but again let’s not let facts get in the way.

Jack also had this to say about the free speech ramifications…

Thompson, meanwhile, said the First Amendment debate is misplaced.

“This isn’t even speech,” Thompson said, holding up a video-game display box. “This is software that enables a machine to allow a player to play a game.”

Does he really believe the lies that he’s spewing forth?

When will politicians, especially Democrats, stop getting in bed with this assclown? It’s making them look worse than they already are.

The king is dead, long live the king

Tenn. Killer Played GTA:

I knew this was going to happen. I think we all did. Our favorite Miami ambulance chaser Jack Thompson has reared his ugly asshatted head and has come out and said that he will “swear under oath” that Ken Bartley played GTA. Bartley is 15. It’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel to say the kid played GTA…

The revelation is considered significant by Thompson because initial accounts of the shooting show that the teen did not go to school with the intent to kill, and it appears that an event triggered the teenager into committing homicide, which was programmed into the brain via rehearsal in Grand Theft Auto. Here’s what the press release stated:

…as it appears, based upon initial accounts of the shooting, that the 15-year-old boy did not go to school with the intent to kill. As has happened in other instances, as in the triple homicide in Fayette, Alabama, by an 18-year-old obsessive player of the cop-killing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a highly-charged emotional event can serve as a trigger for such a shooting. These killing games allow an individual, unwittingly, to rehearse for homicide. When pushed by fear, the game’s rehearsal function becomes the young brain’s “default setting.”

Jack Thompson has ascended to ranks of assclownery of the likes that have only previously been obtained by Michael Moore. And Mr. Thompson reaches it in the same way by being a morbid opportunist using as many tragedies as possible to further his viewpoint.

Back to the point at hand. I’m sure it was GTA that made Ken Bartley kill. I’m sure it had nothing to do with a substance abuse problem.

Congratulations Jack, you have usurped Michael Moore’s throne and are now King of All Assclowns. Hail to the king.

Devin Moore Sentenced to Death

Man Gets Death for Killing Three in Ala.:

Devin Moore, the 18-year-old who was convicted for killing two police officers and a dispatcher, was sentenced to death. If you remember Moore’s attorneys tried blaming his actions on Grand Theft Auto. But the defense attorneys are already looking to appeal on the grounds that the video game “evidence” was excluded and the fact that the jury was all white while Moore is black. 🙄 An all plaid jury would have convicted him. He killed three cops. He deserves to die.

Take that Jack Thompson.

Death Recommended for Devin Moore

Jury recommends death for Alabama man convicted in cop killings:

The death sentence has been recommended by an Alabama jury for Devin Moore, the so-called “GTA Killer” who killed two officers and a radio dispatcher at the Fayette police station in June 2003. For those of you who may not remember defense attorneys tried blaming Moore’s obsessive playing of the video game Grand Theft Auto on the killings. Luckily he was convicted of the killings. The final decision on sentencing is up to the judge and is scheduled for September 30th. Hopefully, Alabama will live up to its reputation and execute this piece of human filth. And what do you know, Alabama still has the electric chair.