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.
Late last week the gunman from the Marshall County High School shooting had been identified as 15-year-old Gabe Parker. Normally, minors are not identified until they are charged as adults, which prosecutors are expected to do. However, Parker’s name was made public after it was released that his mother is a local reporter who responded to the scene as part of her job.
Speaking of parents, both of Parker’s parents are divorced and have remarried. Neighbors have said they don’t believe Parker’s mother kept any type of firearm in the home.
And as is come to be expected, rumors of Parker being bullied have swirled through social media and then the local news. No reports of any actual bullying have yet to be confirmed and in my opinion probably never will be as the bullied school shooter is largely a myth. Another reason I think there was no bullying involved was because according to one witness, Parker liked to talk about violence and allegedly told people he wanted to join the Mafia.
Even if he was bullied, he more than likely did not take his wrath out on his supposed tormentors, as according to most reports Parker targeted people at random.
There still hasn’t been a motive mentioned publicly, but I’m still laying odds on Parker being just another Columbine copycat. Just another loser who can’t deal with his own inadequacies without resorting to violence who doesn’t have an original idea in his feeble little mind.
UPDATE 3/15/2018: Parker had been previously charged as an adult and a court ruling has upheld that decision.
UPDATE 3/29/2018: Earlier this month, Parker appeared in court, but according to this report, Parker claims he was not bullied.
UPDATE 3/30/2018: Also earlier this month, Parker allegedly told police he was interested in science and he wanted to see how students, police and society would react to the shooting. I can honestly say, I wasn’t expecting that as a motive. This kid is an unabashed psychopath.
Earlier today, there was a school shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Two students were killed while an additional 12 students sustained gunshot wounds. Five more students were injured in the chaos that ensued from the shooting. The gunman is said to be a 15-year-old male student who stormed the school armed with a handgun. The deceased have been identified as 15-year-old Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and 15-year-old Preston Ryan Cope, who died later at the hospital.
The shooter is currently in police custody and has not been identified as of yet and police say there are no other suspects. It has also not yet been made public where the gun was obtained. Police also have yet to discuss any possible motive, but if I had to hazard a guess I would lay odds that the kid is a filthy columbiner, that is kids who are more or less fanboys of the infamous Columbine shootings.
Also, we have the worst case of ‘it can’t happen here’ syndrome as Kentucky’s own Governor, Matt Bevin, said the following…
Bevin said earlier in a statement that “It is unbelievable that this would happen in a small, close-knit community like Marshall County.”
Bevin, of all people, should know that small rural areas is where school shootings tend to happen, especially considering Kentucky has had another infamous school shooting in the past. In 1997, Michael Carneal killed three students at Heath High School in Paducah. That predates Columbine by over a year. So as towns like Littleton, Red Lake, Paducah and Jonesboro show, it can really happen anywhere.
It also hasn’t escaped me that this shooting happened a day after the shooting at Italy High School in Texas which makes me wonder if yesterday’s shooting was any kind of catalyst toward today’s.
In what sadly is becoming a regular occurrence, I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.