The fallout from this month’s horrific school shooting in Germany continues with President Horst Koehler (left) backing a call to ban violent video games and movies, according to AFP.
The news service reports that Koehler made his comments on Saturday at a memorial service in Winnenden, where the rampage began. More than 7,500 people were in attendance, including families of some victims of the shooter, 17-year old Tim Kretschmer.
From Koehler’s remarks:
All Germany mourns with you… Each child is born innocent, and when a child dies, it is hope and the future which dies too… [there should be restrictions on] the innumerable films and videogames of extreme violence, with their display of dead bodies…
Earlier, families of five victims had written to Koehler and Chancellor Angela Merkel, demanding that violent video games be banned and teens restricted from access to guns:
We want something to change in this community, and we want to help so that there can be no second Winnenden… We want killergames to be banned. Games, whether on the Internet or on the PC, in which the goal is to kill as many people as possible deserve to be forbidden. The same goes for all violent games which are, in their structure and presentation, very realistic and very bloody.
GP: Thanks to GamePolitics Forum mod Hannah for the translation of the remarks by the victims’ families.
UPDATE: A German-speaking GP reader believes that Kohler’s remarks do not go as far as to call for a ban on violent games, although the AFP report indicates otherwise. There is a lively discussion on this in the comments section – worth a read.