Disbarred Florida Attorney and anti-game crusader Jack Thompson seems to have come out of hiding to talk about the as-of-yet unestablished link between video media and the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. In an attempt to connect with the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), Thompson decided to leave a voice mail message for ECA President Hal Halpin. The roughly 35 second-long message from Thompson is equivalent to an "I-told-you-so" to Halpin, gamers, and the non-profit. As usual, there is no evidence of a connection between this tragedy and violent video games.
"Hey Hal, Jack Thompson in Miami. I think it's tragic, and maybe it brings the tragedy of others to home… to your home, that this is happened now in Connecticut. Uh, you know, I did what I could to try and prevent these things… I was called a 'massacre chaser' by you and your friends… when I all I wanted to do was prevent these things from happening. So maybe now you'll get it, Hal. Maybe now you'll get it… though somehow I doubt it."
Newtown is local to ECA headquarters in nearby Wilton, Connecticut. Thankfully, no association staffers or their immediate families were directly impacted (though many friends and their loved ones were, unfortunately). The organization is expected to release a statement shortly.
One thing that is abundantly clear if you have watched coverage of this tragedy in the last two or three days: people are in a rush to find the answers to what happened on that early Friday morning when a 20-year-old man decided to shoot his mother, drive to a local Elementary school and kill six teachers and twenty children.
Some, like Thompson, say that it is video media which is the root cause, others point to purportedly lax gun control laws, and still others say that a broken healthcare system that doesn't adequately identify and treat mental illness is the cause. Ultimately the only thing the country should be concerned about right now is honoring the victims of this tragedy and giving the families of these victims and the community of Newtown, Connecticut the time they need to grieve and honor those whose lives were so tragically cut short.
You can listen to the unedited message from Thompson below by clicking on the "memo.mp3" link.
[Full disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]
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