Officials have released evidence that suggests that Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter, "was obsessed" with mass murderers. After finding news reports of the  2011 Norwegian shooting that killed 69 in Lanza's room, investigators suggested that Lanza could have been trying to outdo Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian gunman. According to the sources, Lanza chose Sandy Hook because it was the "easiest target" and had the "largest cluster of people."

Officials also linked violent video games to Lanza's deadly actions. Evidence suggests that Lanza's shooting spree was an attempt to reenact the vision of a video game in real life. A lieutenant on the Connecticut State Police force dismissed this investigation, saying it is just speculation because the shooter is dead. Detectives and government officials are looking very closely at the whole case, however, and a report is expected to appear this summer. 

Breivik, the Norwegian shooter, believed himself to be an ultranationalist who killed to fight multiculturalism. Before shooting 69 people at a youth camp, Breivik detonated a bomb outside the prime minister's office. Breivik was judged to be sane, and sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Laura Renzi
2/21/2013 23:37:58

It seems to be a recurring theme that school shooters have a history of obsession with violent crimes and video games. Although the signs are not obvious before the crimes occur, investigating there lives after the fact always seems to bring out signs that used to be unseen.

Raj Bhagowalia
2/22/2013 01:31:03

While I agree that violent video games can be negative influences on the mentally-ill like Lanza, it is purely speculation to think that they spur mass killings. Call of Duty, for example, is the most popular game in the history of video games, and is violent. So, by the logic these "experts" are using, the hundreds of millions of people who play COD everyday should all be out mass-murdering people, right? Well, they aren't; Only the mentally-ill should be denied access to these games

2/22/2013 06:13:39

There have been no reliable/significant studies conducted that found that mass killers commit these heinous acts because they play violent video games. Not all mass murderers play violent video games, and 99.9 percent of those that play violent video games don't become mass murderers of innocent people. Obviously violent video games and other media are not good things for the mentally ill to be dabbling in; however, violent video games do not make sane people want to go out and kill innocent people. Any sane person would easily be able to distinguish video games from reality, and reality from fantasy. There are mentally sick people in this world, and we should stop worrying about frivolous matters such as video games causing these mentally sick people to commit murders; rather, we should make sure that the mentally ill cannot get their hands on guns, or any violent media that may entice them to commit these crimes.


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