Active Shooter

Last week, I wrote a post in which I mentioned a soon-to-be-released video game, Active Shooter, that was based on the spate of recent school shootings. The premise of the game greatly offended my sensibilities and I was, needless to say, appalled. The post elicited some comments and discussion about whether such games are a partial cause of the recent violent tendencies we are seeing in some young people today, such as the shooters at Parkland and Santa Fe. Our dear friend Hugh has taken up the gauntlet and written an excellent, thoughtful and thought-provoking post that opens the door to even more discussion! Please take a few moments to read and ponder Hugh’s post. Thank you, dear Hugh!


My good friend Jill recently posted a comment about the release of a new video game called “Active Shooter” in which the player is armed and enters a school to see how many “cops and ‘civs'” he or she can shoot. The “civs” are civilians — presumably including children? I don’t know because I haven’t seen it. No do I want to. But her summary and description of the game caused me to burst forth with a comment in which I insisted that we must finally face the fact that violent games cause violence in children. Scottie, a fellow blogger, then politely took me to task on the grounds that he was (and is) a game-player and also in the armed forces later in his adult life and he has no desire whatever to enter a school and shoot children. Point taken. I would like to respond to his comment…

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  1. Great thought. I’d really like to see that scenario played out. Bran has played a few violent video games, but he tires of them quickly. I think the older he’s gotten the more they unnerve him a little. The ones he really likes are the pirate adventure ones. Can’t remember the name of them.

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    • I play Mario games with my granddaughter, and there is an element of violence, with cartoon characters punching out the enemies, but overall it’s just good fun. But games that involve guns, to me, have no place in society. We ought not to be normalizing shooting people, whether it is school children, police officers or anybody else. And by the way … Miss Goose always beats me, except when she takes pity on me and lets me win 😉

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      • 😀 I got an ulcer from playing Mario Bros. Everything I fell in hole my stomach would hurt and hurt. I’ve been on ranitidine since the ’80’s! That’s the only gamae I’ve ever played and it made a mess of me. Oh! The one Bran likes is Assassin’s Creed. It’s an adventure game.

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        • OH NO!!! That’s awful! I enjoy it … it’s a nice way to spend time with Miss Goose and step away from this rabbit hole I spend far too much time in. I’m so sorry it affected you that way, though! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Assassin’s Creed, though I’m sure Goose has, for she’s the expert. When I told her about Active Shooter, she told me of the one that came out a few years back in response to the Columbine shootings. Hah! When I was her age, Checkers or Monopoly were the games of choice.

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  2. This was a good share Jill. The original post certainly gave rise to a number of interesting points as to how we should interact and where tolerance should be.
    For instance I have a loathing of any plot tv/film or book that involves a serial killer as I see these as glorifying these god-complex losers who prey on weak and innocent….
    That said to curdle the matter…
    When our son lived at home in his late teens he used to invite me to play computer games with him (fight games/donkey kong/Mario and action games). One game (I forget which) had a section where a team went into a place where villains (sorta aliens) and hostages (sorta Pokémon) were held, the idea was to shoot the villains but not the hostages who would also pop up. Now I am useless at computer games and I was not in a mood for fluffy Pokémon look-alikes, so to my son’s bemusement I charged in blasting at everything with cries of
    ‘Collateral damage!’
    ‘They were told to keep their heads down! How do I know their not villains in disguise!’
    or taking a quote from the Warhammer role playing game:
    ‘Lord Khorne cares not from where flows the blood and nor do I!’
    Bad taste, or just ‘Dad being crazy again’?
    As our shared games were often punctuated by Dad’s complaints about the ‘stupid’ characters or some other injustice my son was not surprised.
    I would only have done that with folk who knew me and my sense of humour which they knew could go ‘odd’ when the situation allowed it.
    Moral: Always be careful when dealing with the public or folk you do not know that well.

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    • Your moral is a point well-taken, and one that many today need to hear and heed. One thing comes to mind in reading your comment … well, actually several come to mind, and I can easily enough picture the scene with you and your son playing Mario or DK … but one point in particular speaks volumes. Your son, in his late teens when most kids would just as soon mom and dad stay out of sight and out of mind, wanted to play video games with his dad. Says a lot, my friend.

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  3. I met a high school girl yesterday who scooted fast into the comicbook store I was in, and told the owner, obviously her friend or maybe even parttime employer, that she was playing ‘assassin’ via her high school, in which people hunt each other with water pistols and no place is ‘safe’ from it except school between something like 7:45 am and 3 pm. She said that the winner gets ‘a ton of money’ since each person puts in five whole bucks and then they ‘kill’ each other off. She said that workplaces used to be okay in which to attack each other, but someone was a spoilsport so now that is not okay. She said that she shot her best friend in the face with a water pistol as they were getting into her car for a fun outing, and she ‘felt really bad about it’ and that the friend had looked very upset. I said mildly, “Society”, meaning something like “huh, this is what is happening to ruin trust between people and destroying society and what the hell is wrong with everyone anyhow since if I intended to shoot someone, it would not be ‘for fun’ or for a few bucks etc. but I am not getting into it with someone I never met before”, and I asked mildly if it was compulsory to be hunted at school, and she said that it was voluntary, and I said something mild about how I had thought high school was bad enough way back when without having to be actively hunted. It was a strange event, and very depressing that so many young people make themselves adrenalised victims-in-waiting during their basic daily lives, to get–what? Maybe a couple of hundred dollars and the hatred or hurt feelings of many…?

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