Have you heard about this? It’s an online video game that reenacts the Sandy Hook (Newtown) massacre.
The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary
Read the report here: Sandy Hook-inspired game sparks outrage – CT Politics.
According to the report,
The game opens by directing users to grab a Glock handgun and shoot their mother while she is sleeping, just as Lanza did. The game closes with an alert that police have arrived, with the shooter turning a gun on himself.
And it ends with a body count of how many children were killed.
Do you feel as sick as I do?
I mean, WHAT THE FUCK????
Reportedly created by Ryan Jake Lambourn, an American ex-pat living in Australia, the game includes links to gun violence prevention websites and urges people to contact their legislators. This is bizarre and confusing.
The mother of slain teacher, Vicki Soto, Donna Soto, told the media:
“It’s absolutely disgusting that somebody thinks this is funny. All the families are suffering. We’re coming up on December. My daughter’s birthday just passed. It just adds insult to the suffering that we’re dealing with.”
I cannot imagine the pain these families go through on a daily basis and to have their tragedy minimized and made into an amateur online game is, at best, bizarre and confusing, and at worst, malicious and sociopathic.
This is a screen-shot from the game:
I don’t understand this.
It’s bad enough that there are so many “live-shooter” games on the market. And yes, I realize most people who play those games don’t turn around and shoot up a bunch of school-kids or mall-shoppers or co-workers.
But the games and movies numb us to gun violence and normalize it. Repetition is one of the tenets of advertising, and it works.
The latest brain research shows that violent games activate the anger center of the teenage brain while dampening the brain’s conscience. (studies cited here)
We have the highest per-capita gun ownership in the world, almost 1 gun for every American, which is about 50 percent more guns than the next highest country: Serbia.
Serbia. You know, the country where there were all those war crimes and genocide?
I repeat: WHAT THE FUCK?
It doesn’t have to be this way. It is NOT normal.
We are killing ourselves. We are allowing 8 children and teens to get killed every fucking day in this country. Every day.
A lot of those deaths are suicides. Suicides that wouldn’t happen, or would’ve been survived, if the kid didn’t have access to a gun. Harvard says so.
A lot of those deaths are kids who unintentionally shoot themselves or each other. Kids like two-year old Carolyn Starks, shot by her four-year old brother. With his own gun.
His own gun.
A lot of those deaths are impoverished, shut-out, disenfranchised kids who are shut out of the economy, abandoned and left to shoot each other on the streets of our cities. Black kids. 55% of gun deaths are among African Americans, only 13% of the population. These aren’t just “bad actors.” There is a whole industry fueling this. There is a whole industry putting guns on the streets and into children’s hands to turn a profit. Let’s face it, people. This is a race issue. There is genocide going on here. More than half of gun homicide victims are black. And when we bring this up as an issue, anti-gun safety activists say, well, those are gangs. As if these deaths don’t matter. As if the bystanders shot in the crossfire don’t matter.
Well, you know what? These are people’s children. They are loved. And these deaths wouldn’t be happening if a callous industry, protected by a callous lobby, wasn’t blocking all the laws that would make it hard to sell guns to children and people who can’t pass background checks. And when black children are killed by gun-toting vigilantes because they are wearing hoodies or playing music in their car or knocking on your door for help in the middle of the night, we have a white-people problem.
I hope you’ve heard about Renisha McBride, shot in the face when knocking on a door to seek help after crashing her car. Would he have shot her in the face if she was white? I doubt it.
We could stanch the bloodshed.
The lack of universal background checks makes it easier to sell guns to anyone and anybody. Criminals. Domestic Abusers. People declared mentally ill by the courts. Teenagers.
Even though most NRA members actually support background checks, their leadership–heavily funded by gun manufacturers–doesn’t. They don’t want to put a damper on sales. No matter how many lives it costs. Reminds me a whole lot of the tobacco industry. And the marketing… the marketing is full of false patriotism, fear-mongering, and racism:
Did you know racist people tend to own guns?
And that racist people oppose gun regulations? Big surprise, right? There was a study showing this; here’s the abstract. All that talk about defending their homes. Against whom? They’re afraid of the other–racial and ethnic minorities. And the gun marketers make sure they stay afraid, breeding fear and fanning the flames of racism. And I posit this is why we have Stand Your Ground laws–the modern-day lynching, IMHO that allow travesties like Trayvon Martin’s death.
Did you know most mass shootings are perpetrated by angry white men?
But enough with all the statistics.
Our hearts know what to do.
Call your legislator, dammit. Tell them you want background checks. Tell them you want to protect kids from gun deaths. Tell them to buck up. Tell them you vote.