So, it’s not even been a week since the tragic shootings/suicide at Northern Illinois University and Jack Thompson, video-game-hater-extreme and pompous-prick-extraordinaire, has managed to get his ugly mug back on the Fox Network, railing against the evils of video games.
Normally, I’d roll my eyes, mutter “Give me a friggin’ break” under my breath and then move on to the next story. But this time the would-be-morality-champion used those moments to soapbox and then PLUG HIS BOOK! Clearly this warrents an actual out loud muttering of “GIVE ME A FRIGGIN’ BREAK!”
THEN, I find on GamingToday where the yutz sent the president of NIU the following letter – wherein he again plugs himself:
John B. Thompson, Attorney at Law
1172 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 111
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
February 16, 2008
John G. Peters, President
Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115-2825 Via Fax to 815-753-8686
Re: Part of the Explanation for this Awful Disaster
Dear President Peters:
First of all, my condolences for this terrible loss. I have had the disturbing privilege of representing a number of families devastated by these types of incidents. I represented all six parents of the three girls killed by a 14-year-old video gamer in the Paducah, Kentucky, school massacre. I currently represent the families of three policemen in Alabama who were slain by a teen who trained to kill them on the cop-killing simulation video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This case was featured on 60 Minutes. See
The day after the NIU tragedy this week, I was on the Fox News Channel predicting that the killer on your campus would be someone who was immersed in violent video games, as this is a common thread in almost all of these incidents. I mentioned in the interview the mass murder simulation game, Counter-Strike. It was the game of choice by the killers in the two worst school shootings in history—Virginia Tech and Erfurt, Germany.
Sure enough, the New York Post reports today the accuracy of that prediction. I attach herewith the Post article.
Governor Blagojevich was on Fox hours later echoing my specific concern about the linkage between violent video games and school killings.
I have addressed roughly 200 college campuses about this problem. I am more than willing to come to your campus, free of charge of course, to explain to the students and faculty and surrounding community why these games, played by students, pose a public safety hazard. Brain scan science recently coming out of Harvard explains it well. There are multiple reasons why these evil events happen. Immersion of young males in murder simulation as a form of entertainment is one of the more powerful reasons.
This is bad enough, but then on GamePolitics.com, I found where the same sympathetic self-promoter is now threatening the same guy/instutition he was condoling with a civil law suit. WHAT?!?
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.
The killers in the two worst school massacres in history—in Erfurt, Germanay, and at Virginia Tech University—similarly trained on Counter-Strike to rehearse for their killing sprees.
If I am not provided with this information, I shall bring a civil action to secure these documents.
So – it’s bad enough that the officials of the school have to deal with this tragedy itself, then they have to dedicate people to work with the investigators to get all the facts of the case straight. NOW they have to add another head or two to get this moron’s information together so he can rabidly rant yet one more time on how video games are training everyone, young males specifically, to be mass murderers.
Jack – isn’t it time to get a new preoccupation? I hear Al Gore is needing some help with that whole global warming stuff.