Lieberman Calls For Action On Violent Video Games After Connecticut Murders

121217-adamLanza-vsmall.380;380;7;70;0220px-joe_lieberman_official_portrait_2Yesterday, we discussed how various people have used the massacre in Connecticut to call for everything from gun control to new social programs and prayer in school. Now, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), a long advocate for censoring music and speech, added his own take: crackdown on violent video games. Lieberman described Adam Lanza of having a “hypnotic involvement” with the games and called on Congress to get involved.

Of course, it was not Lanza history of mental illness. Lieberman’s focus is on the games he played — the same games played by hundreds of millions of kids and adults who do not run to their local school to mow down students. However, Lieberman insists that “[v]ery often these young men have an almost hypnotic involvement in some form of violence in our entertainment culture – particularly violent video games. . . And then they obtain guns and become not just troubled young men but mass murderers.”

The basis for his concern with regard to Lanza? “Rumors” that he played the games. It was enough however to go to the floor of the Senate to call for yet another area of government regulation of speech and association.

Lieberman recognizes that the games seem to leave a surprising number of people in a non-murderous state, but that is just a fortunate side note: “Thank God, not all of them become murderers, but some of them do and we have to ask why.” I prefer to ask why we are talking about video games instead of the history of mental illness demonstrated by Lanza. And that is not even a rumor.

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    Adam Lanza was bullied when he attended Sandy Hook Elementary

    A relative of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza revealed details about his days as a Newtown Elementary School student.

    Published: April 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was taunted and beaten when he attended Newtown Elementary School as a child, a relative has revealed.

    The NY Daily News reported Saturday that Lanza’s mother even considered suing Newtown Elementary School after teachers failed to address the bullying her son was subjected to while he attended to the school.

    “Adam would come home with bruises all over his body,” the relative told the Post. “His mom would ask him what was wrong, and he wouldn’t say anything. He would just sit there.”

    According to the relative, Lanza’s late mother was very upset at school officials for turning a blind eye on the situation and was trying to get more evidence before taking legal action against the institution.

    “Nancy felt fiercely protective of him,” a relative told the post. “She was convinced the school wasn’t doing enough to protect Adam. It made her irate. She was trying to get proof. She wanted to know where the bruises were coming from.”

    Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, was murdered by her 20-year-old son on December 14th before he went on a killing spree at Newtown Elemendtary School ending the life of 26 people, 20 of whom were first graders.

    The relative said Lanza was never “emotionally right” after attending Sandy Hook Elementary School and his mother switched him to a different institution after sixth grade.

    “He was a sick boy,” the relative said.

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