April 18, 2007

Thoughts on the Virginia Tech Tragedy

While what happened at Virginia Tech is sad and my best wishes go out to all friends and family affected by this, something came up as a result of this even that bothers me.

Video games are being blamed again for events such as these. It seems like if other people are killed, video games are to blame, but if someone commits suicide, then Dungeons & Dragons is to blame. I haven't seen anything suggesting the shooter played video games, but even if he did, these few people that have caused these tragic events are such an insignificant portion of the video gaming population. I could point to other things where there is a higher percentage of the population that cause violence such as this as well as hatred, but that is not the point of this post.

What happened was someone that needed help and could not cope with what was bothering him. We need to focus on how we can identify when someone is in that situation and start teaching everyone coping skills. Is it easy? No, but what we have been seeing is more difficult.
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