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Fox Finds Jack Thompson to Blame Evil Video Games For School Shootings

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Grand Theft Auto, Doom, and Counterstrike are the reasons why young people kill, homicide "expert" Jack Thompson continues to preach. Crying when he recalls the prayer that he claims to say whenever he drops his teenage son off at school.

Forgetting, somehow, that the first recorded murder ever was between two brothers. A murder that any so-called expert, and anyone who regularly prays, should know about: Cain murdering Abel.

The first two kids ever and the one kills the other right there in broad daylight.

What wicked video game did Adam and Eve give their boy Cain, Mr. Thompson?

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The Grand Theft Auto franchise that you dare to invoke has sold over 22 million violent, ruthless, obscene, and tremendously entertaining games where part of the thrill is stealing cars and setting them ablaze with tools like flamethrowers. Where the more you destroy the more points you get.

With so many games sold, if video games were a cause of violence don't you think there would be a tad more school shootings than the one every-now-and-then that occurs?

But before you read Genesis, why don't you read the boy's twisted plays that hint at child abuse and divorce. Not really as sexy as rallying against games you know nothing about, but probably closer to the real cause, Mr. Expert.

Real experts, video game blog Kotaku, deliver the point-by-point fisking of Thompson's claim.