CNN Contributor Theorizes That Video Games May Be Connected to Colorado Shooting

Last night 24-year-old James Holmes used four guns (a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, according police), and tear gas to shoot, disorientate, and trap theater goers attending the opening of The Dark Knight Rising movie at a theater in Aurora, Colorado. The attack left 12 people dead and 38 59 injured. He was arrested outside the theater by police shortly thereafter.

This morning in the aftermath of the shooting cable news outlets are trying to make sense of the crime. Mediaite reports that a CNN contributor theorizes that the shooting last night may have been planned by repeatedly playing video games.

"This has been something he has really been into. And now we’re going to find, probably on facebook or anybody who knows him will say, ‘Yeah, he did have a lot of interest in that, He was always playing the video games," said criminal profiler Pat Brown this morning at around 9 am EST during a CNN segment. "And I’m not saying video games make you a killer. But if you’re a psychopath, video games help you get in the mode to do the killing. So it is a problem in our society with teenaged psychopaths, that they do get inspired by this and want to make it real. So it is a danger but it doesn’t make you a psycho."

Since very little information has been revealed about what motivated James Holmes to stage an attack on the theater, Brown was put in the tough position of coming up with some sort of motive. To her credit, Brown also said that games don't make a person a killer. Still, if there was any lesson learned from the days after the shootings at Columbine, it was that rushing to judgment about causation without having all the facts is a bad idea and serves absolutely no purpose.

CNN has more details on the attack here.

Source: Mediaite

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  1. twentyfourskidoo says:

    I know that if I wanted to commit a murder with a firearm, I practice with an xbox controller or a keyboard.

    Afteral pulling a trigger is the same thing right?

    This kind of journalism is a joke.

  2. Brosch91 says:

    So what if he played video games, that doesn't have anything to do with the killing. He was obviously sick in the head. Mainstream news channels piss me off. These days it seems like CNN is going the way of Fox News

  3. Lisa Pham says:

    This has nothing to do with games….

    So what if he played video games, so do millions of other people, but they don't go around killing people. Besides, he was having issues finding a job and with being a shy person, it's obvious he would play games with all that spare time, but it's not why he went on a killing spree.

    In New York City, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said: "It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He has his hair painted red. He said he was the Joker, obviously the enemy of Batman."

    Batman and the Joker have been around for a LONG time (since I was a kid and I'm now 50)… he says he was the Joker and an enemy of Batman, so clearly he lost his mind at some point to have done this.

    I'm so sick of games, etc, being blamed on everything bad that happens now a days… >:(
    Look at the graph at the 4:33 mark..  it shows quite the opposite.



  4. Balance says:

    Hey, maybe Facebook causes murderous psychotic rampages! I mean, if he was on Facebook. Not everyone is, you know.

  5. Neeneko says:

    Wait.. so with zero information.. this person assumes that we will find XYZ on the person's facebook page?



  6. Left4Dead says:

    "Since very little information has been revealed about what motivated James Holmes to stage an attack on the theater, Brown was put in the tough position of coming up with some sort of motive."

    Let's say it altogether now, "I" "Don't" "Know".

    Seriously – if you don't know, then don't guess.  Just say that you don't know.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with admitting that no one has all the answers.  The sooner we all start doing that, the better off we will be as a society.  Brown's correct response should have been to say, "I'm not going to speculate on something that no one knows, including both you and me.  I know we hate waiting for information in this day and age but facts are more important for a scenario like this.  Since we don't know, let's just wait.  We'll both find out more information as the day progresses."

    -- Left4Dead --

  7. mthiel says:

    And if the authorities determine he didn't play violent video games, I wonder if there will be people who claim that he was spending all his free time playing games, as well as claiming that he destroyed his games to make the world think he was not a gamer.

  8. Andrew Eisen says:

    Well, she's right.  He probably did play video games.  It's a pretty damn common thing to do.

    I'd be surprised if it turned out he didn't play video games.


    Andrew Eisen

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