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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