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Horrifying Video Game Lets You Be the Sandy Hook Gunman

Horrifying Video Game Lets You Be the Sandy Hook Gunman

It is shameful enough that the Senate failed to pass a bipartisan plan to expand background checks on gun sales last April, after the horrors of Sandy Hook. It was especially disheartening in light of the fact that 86 percent of Americans are in favor of expanded background checks on guns.

Now something even more horrific has been created: a Sandy Hook video game.

This video game lets the player shoot his mother, collect ammo and go on a terrifying rampage into a school, killing children. Yes, horrifyingly, this game offers players the opportunity to replicate precisely the tragic events of December 14, 2012, when 20 children and six educators were killed in Newton, Conn., by Adam Lanza.

It’s called “The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary.”

What kind of sick, cruel mind would create such a game, forcing players to relive the gruesome events of last December?

His name is Ryan Jake Lambourn, a gaming geek who grew up in Houston, but now lives in Sydney, Australia.

While there is plenty of shocking scientific evidence that all violent video games should be banned because they cause users to become more violent, this particular game takes callousness to a new, horrifying level. Did Lambourn think for a moment about its effect on the families of those murdered in Newton? Did he recognize how he has disrespected the deceased? Or did he just not care?

Not surprisingly, he has caused deep anger amongst the families of the victims and survivors.

Families of the victims told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers they found the game repugnant:

“It’s absolutely disgusting that somebody thinks this is funny,” said Donna Soto, a Stratford mom whose late daughter, Victoria, 27, was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for shielding her students from the gunfire during the rampage.

“We’re all suffering. All the families are suffering. We’re coming up on December. My daughter’s birthday just passed. It just adds insult to the suffering that we’re dealing with. It’s just incomprehensible that someone would think this kind of thing is wanted.”

Yet a Twitter feed purportedly run by Lambourn offers these snide remarks:

The liberals don’t like me because I’ve disrespected the dead. The conservatives don’t like me because of the gun control message. And the trolls don’t like me because it wasn’t edgy enough.

Some websites that offer extreme or violent video games have already removed this hateful game from their sites, which is good news.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has also spoken out strongly against the game.

From Fox News:

“This abhorrent video game should be taken down from all websites immediately. This vile video game shocks our conscience and mocks common decency,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “Shamefully, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, some still exploit this horrific tragedy. It’s appalling and salacious, and it must stop.”

Incredibly, a “message from the creator“ embedded in the video tries to rationalize the game as a statement in favor of gun control.

“Back in 2007 I created a game called ‘Vtech Rampage’ about the Virginia Tech shootings. In the years since, I’ve been routinely asked by fans of ‘Vtech’ to make more games of just about every mass shooting that’s gotten media coverage,” a voice says.

“All these massacres don’t seem to have any … effect on legislation,” it continues. “Here we are nearly a year after the sandy hook shooting … and absolutely nothing positive has come out of it.”

How could a video game where someone kills their mother and then goes to a school and uses small children as target practice have a strong pro-gun control message?

The Newton families have been disrespected by the shocking refusal of our legislators to take gun control seriously. This level of insensitivity to gun violence is outrageous, and this game glorifies such violence.

If you agree that this game is repugnant and disgraceful, please sign our petition, demanding that “The Slaying Of Sandy Hook Elementary” be taken down from all websites.

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12:19AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Sorry for my long winded thoughts in writing , and for getting cut off! In final thought,..

Per the allowing of these perpetrators to exist upon their "Public Creations, .." It disrupts the spirits ability to live in peace, as well as denying the families their right to heal in solice and respect.

The reality of this situation needs to be brought on in a march before our Congressmen to give them a reality check about the various brewing aspects of public access that is available to create violent outcomes in public places!

These "Creations" of media aggression needs to be put to a STOP! No If's, And's or But's!!

12:12AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Sorry,.. got cut off again! (final thought in conclusion..)

To think that there is actually an online site to assist in testing and preplanning one's skill for such an attrocity, that far exceeds the depths of the Sandy Hook "game" is absolutely Mind blowing!

More so, it reinforces the need for back ground checks, gun control and mass protest to the FTC and FCC to remove this site. The creator needs to be arrested for soliciting to provide support for premeditated murder!

It might also give reason in possibility for the creator of the Sandy Hook game to be banned and Barred by the FTC from furthering his capacity to cause emotional harm, as well as create a venue for precipitated future physical harm by the intent of another lunatic wanting to dispell his rage out onto the public by violent force.

At the very least, the families who lost their children in Newton, DO NOT deserve to be further emotionally violated by the creator of the Sandy Hook game, nor should ANY ONE have to be on guard to the fact that there IS an idividual with a site to "Challenge your child killing abilities and preparedness!

The families of Newton deserve to go on with their lives in peace and safety.

As grief has no expiration date, this situation not only rips open the wound and prolongs the grief for the families,.. but it also violates the energetic spirits of the souls of the children who were violently taken! It disrupts the spirits ability to live in peace, as well as

11:47PM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Wow, this is off the charts for cold, vile and disgusting. There are some real idiots in the world.

11:34PM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Folks,.. I'm here to let you all know that once again, as I travel by public transportation,.. I was aon my way to walmart this evening, when I hear to young male "individuals' in their twenties having the most unbelievable conversation! I heard them saying that there is actually a site online that allows you to challenge yourself taking on children by gunfire! I COULD NOT BELIEVE THE ATROSITY OF THIS! They had the nerve to question each other, asking,.. which would be easier to take on,.. 5 year olds or 9 years, and which would you take out first,..? their heads or their limbs?

I got up and told the bus driver to get theses animals off the bus! They actually got off at the same stop as me, as they paraded into Walmart, one having a backpack on him, as they were headed for the Electronics department, and whatever else. This left me so concerned, that I warned the front security about the two individuals as I felt uneasy with them strolling with their violent thoughts about taking out children! The whole under cover security was put on alert, as I noticed that the two disappeared very quickly. I'm thinking that the security probably asked them to leave the store.
To think that there is actually an online site to assist in testing and preplanning one's skill for such an attrocity beyond the depths of the Sandy Hook "game" is absolutely Mind blowing! More so, it reinforces the need for back ground checks, gun control and protest to the FTC and FCC to remove this site, as

3:36PM PST on Nov 26, 2013

"The liberals don’t like me because I’ve disrespected the dead. The conservatives don’t like me because of the gun control message. And the trolls don’t like me because it wasn’t edgy enough"

Did he design this despicable "game" so people would like him?! Or does he do such despicable things because nobody liked him? Either way, this is what he has decided to do with his one and only life?! Beyond reprehensible and pathetic.


5:27AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

W T F !!
UNBELIEVABLE !!

6:54PM PST on Nov 25, 2013

Thanks for the comments C2 members - speechless myself.

6:06PM PST on Nov 25, 2013

Does Australia know they have such a psychotic transplant living over there? Sickening. Doubt his family is proud of his accomplishments.

11:21AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

So could WE Wanda unfortuinately the NRA works tielessly behind the scene to make ANY control of guns impossible. ven the Mental health stuff is mde almost unenforceable.

7:50AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

How sick is this?! I sometimes wonder what goes on in peoples heads? This is a bereavement not a game!

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