Government Security News offers an interesting story on a recent speech given by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who you may recall is the man associated with "Killology" and the man who often refers to first-person shooter video games as "murder simulators." No doubt emboldened by recent shootings in the United States, Grossman is probably finding it easier to spread his anti-video game message.
On May 14 he found delivered a speech to a "packed meeting room" at the GovSec security conference in Washington, D.C. The event is geared towards members of the government, Homeland Security, law enforcement community and first responders.
During his speech ("The Bulletproof Mind: Psychological and Physiological Preparation for Combat") he talked about how among "this generation" of young people there are twisted individuals who enjoy maiming and killing fellow human beings.
"This generation is going to give you massacres in the domestic environment and in the work environment," he said after listing mass murders at schools and universities over the last couple of years.
He also said the law enforcement and the general public "must prepare for violence like firefighters prepare for fires," pointing out that no student has died in a school fire in half a century because schools are highly prepared for such an emergency.
Grossman also said that he finds the trend of young people being "hypnotized by mindless, violent video games" deplorable and worrisome.
"There is a generation of vicious, vicious killers out there," he told the audience. "The video games are their trainers. They’ve been playing Grand Theft Auto every spare moment since they were six years old."
While Grossman dedicated a fair amount of time talking about violent video games, he also talked at length about terrorism and gangs.
Ultimately the Government Security News report came to the conclusion that most of us knew without even hearing Grossman speak: his talk was "long on emotion, and short on supportive evidence and detailed reasoning."