Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

June 25, 2010 -

A man in Wales who accidentally shot a city worker with a .22 caliber rifle was a videogame player, so of course that had to be mentioned in a story about the incident on a South Wales website.

23-year old Ersid Cela of Clas y Bedw, Waunarlwydd, allegedly bought a BSA air rifle “for £200 from a drug dealer in Mumbles after playing the Call of Duty computer game, in which players shoot each other with a range of automatic weapons.”

Cela was additionally described as a “fan of a violent computer game.”

Thank goodness he didn’t buy the gun before playing Call of Duty or there would be no story.

In any case, Cela was attempting to load the gun when it went off, hitting worker Jason Crocker in the shoulder as he worked out side Cela’s home. A second shot hit Crocker’s van as well. How the gun went off “accidentally” a second time was not disclosed.

Cela will be held in custody until he is sentenced on July 26.


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Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

You know, it's amazing.  For all of history, guns never came about until the popularity of video games.

 

Oh, wait...

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Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

It's like the classic question of philosophy: what came first? Violence or video games?

Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

The answer of course is video games.

But wait you ask, how did the game designers learn of violence then?

Well obviously they have a time machine and were able to see the violence these games inspired which were then the inspiration for making those same games.

Now you may call this a paradox to which my response is ... shut up.

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Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

BSA air rifles are .17 caliber.  It's not even a real firearm, it is an air rifle.  Basically, a higher pressure airsoft gun that fires metal, not plastic.

Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

Yeah I'm trying to understand what the story is here.  Why did he have to buy an air rifle from a drug dealer?  This is basically a BB gun right?  Would they report this if someone accidently shot their neighbor with a Nerf gun after playing MW2?  Or only if he bought the Nerf gun from a drug dealer?

Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

Wait- I thought that playing videogames, as is the implication of the article's agenda, made us gun EXPERTS.  Would that not mean that the chances of accidential discharge while loading the gun are actually reduced? 

Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

It doesn't make sense either because he hit him in the shoulder, any reale gamers would have aimed for the head, followed by a "Boom headshot !" to which everyone in the room would laugh at, victim included.

Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

Reminds me of that guy in Florida who shot his wife, two kids, the mailman, a passing jogger, and the neighbor's dog.  When asked why he did it he answered, "I was cleaning my gun and it went off."

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

Yeah, I hate it when my game goes off accidentally. It is almost enough to make we ant to throw a cat.

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Re: Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooter to Videogames

looks like it has been fixed.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

 
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Neeneko@MC - Focusing on perpetrator does nothing for prevention, the media and public lack the domain knowledge and event details to draw any useful conclusions. All we get are armchair risk experts.10/25/2014 - 7:36am
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PHX Corp@MW and AE The news media needs to stop promoting the Shooters. period10/25/2014 - 7:16am
Andrew EisenWhen I write about these massacres, I don't use the shooter's name or picture. I'm not saying everyone has to play it that way but that's how I prefer to do it.10/25/2014 - 12:44am
Andrew EisenYep, it's why the news media stopped spotlighting numbnuts who run out on the field during sporting events.10/25/2014 - 12:01am
Matthew Wilsonin media research its called the copycat effect. it simply says that if the news covers one mass shooting shooter, it increases the likelihood of another person going on a mass shooting.10/25/2014 - 12:00am
Andrew EisenAgreed. It bugs me that I know the names, faces and personal histories of a bunch of mass shooters but I couldn't tell you the name of or recognize a photo of a single one of their victims.10/24/2014 - 11:51pm
AvalongodAgree with Quiknkold. @Mecha...if that worked we would have figured out how to prevent these long ago.10/24/2014 - 11:32pm
MechaCrashUnfortunately, you have to focus on the perpetrator to figure out the whys so you can try to prevent it from happening again.10/24/2014 - 10:55pm
quiknkoldpoor girl. poor victims. rather focus on them then the shooter. giving too much thought to the monster takes away from the victims.10/24/2014 - 10:15pm
Andrew EisenFor what it's worth, early reports are painting the motive as "he was pissed that a particular girl wouldn't date him."10/24/2014 - 10:12pm
quiknkoldwell then I suck as a man cause I ask for help when necessary :P10/24/2014 - 10:07pm
Technogeek(That said, mostly I was making the smartass evopsych comment because your post seemed like the kind of just-so story that has come to dominate 99% of its usage.)10/24/2014 - 10:04pm
TechnogeekHell, Liam Neeson built his modern career around it. Cultural factors likely play a far greater role than you appear willing to admit.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, the idea of "because women are protectors and that's why they never commit school shootings" is, at best, grossly overreductive. There's nothing inherently feminine about being willing to kill in order to protect one's offspring.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
MechaCrashThe "toxic masculinity" thing refers to how you have to SUCK IT UP AND BE A MAN because seeking help is seen as weakness, which means you suck at manliness, so it builds and builds and builds until something finally snaps.10/24/2014 - 10:01pm
quiknkoldthere, I'm done. And thats what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldand I am not spouting Evopsych, technogeek. tbh I never heard the phrase till you said it. I'm going off my observations.10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldmoreover, the guy who did this isnt even white. He was native american according to the news report I read. Also that he went for a specific target. That's a much different picture than a certain Sandy Hook guy who will not be named10/24/2014 - 9:53pm
 

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