It’s the Game, Not the Gun, the Knife or the Car

It is exhaustive work, calling out the national media for its inaccurate reporting especially when it concerns the Progressive agenda. This time it’s the murders that happened on and near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus.

  • From the Washington Post: “At least six people were killed and several others injured during a shooting rampage…”
  •  “The pops sounded like firecrackers, a common mischief,” reported CNN. “And the gun looked fake, like one used for pellet games. But what seemed like a college joke at first became very real.”
  •  “A series of drive-by shootings in the Isla Vista area near UC Santa Barbara on Friday night left seven people dead…” writes the Los Angeles Times.

The problem is that this killing spree began with the stabbing to death of three people in 22-year-old Elliot Rodger’s home. The killing ended after Rodger ran over a bicyclist.

Authorities found him in his car with a gunshot wound to the head.

Sheriff Bill Brown said, “It would appear he took his own life.”

Police said three guns were recovered from his car, where Rodger also had more than 400 rounds of ammunition.

“All were legally purchased from federally licensed dealers and all were registered to the suspect,” said Brown.

Was the knife sold by a federally licensed dealer and was it registered? The answer is obviously no; meaning the choice of weapon makes no difference in this case, except how the media is spinning it.

Rodger also had a history of mental illness, having been seen by a psychiatrist since the age of nine, something the media is willing to hang on. And though his family did contact police about his possible danger to society, authorities were unable to find anything for which to detain him.

What the media also doesn’t want admit is that generally when some nut-job goes on a killing rampage; it’s somebody with a Progressive point of view. After all, remember when the media claimed the Aurora theater shooter was a Tea Party member and when they scrubbed the manifesto of cop-killer Chris Dorner of his leftist themes?

They’ve also over looked a similar event on February 23, 2001. David Attias, a freshman at UCSB, killed four people near the university with his car.

Attias is the son of veteran TV director Daniel Attias, whose credits include “Entourage,” “The Sopranos” and other high-profile shows. He was sentenced to 60 years at a mental institution after being found guilty of four counts of second-degree murder.

Attias set off on the vehicular assault after being spurned by a woman. The Los Angeles Times reported on July 13, 2002 that Attias will “…remain at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino indefinitely, trying to overcome delusions so severe that a new report said he had come to believe that “’the world was a computer game.’”

As for Rodger, he was a young man whose life was filled with only online gaming and little else. Surprisingly though he did subscribe to one ‘political’ site called, “The Young Turks.”

The site boasts a network that generates over 68 million views per month. Furthermore, they describe followers like Rodgers as “Young progressive or insurgent member of an institution, movement, or political party.”

It also offers such ‘news’ as ‘Kim Kardashian Wedding,’ ‘Presidential pets – the video you always wanted,’ and ‘Best advice: keep your racism to yourself,’ all under “Tea Party Reporting.” It is more like entertainment and propaganda, than a real news source.

Furthermore, his ‘YouTube’ account was also filled with complaints about being unable to have a relationship with women and his “Day of Retribution,” where Rodger lays out his exact plans to kill.

“All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would’ve all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes,” Rodger says to the camera as he sits in his car. “I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one the true alpha male.”

“After I’ve annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there,” he continues. “If I can’t have you, girls, I will destroy you.”

Rodgers hatred of women spawned a Twitter-wide movement known as ‘#YesAllWomen.’ The media is happy to trumpet this-yet-another movement aimed at changing the world through social media as it helps news outlets avoid asking some tough questions.

One of those questions might lead to exploring how much did violent online gaming play in this tragedy. After all, Rodger mentions ‘World of Warcraft,’ 41 times in his 141-page manifesto, titled “My Twisted World.”

“Now that I was able to play World of Warcraft at my mother’s house with no limitations, aside from school and homework, I became very addicted to the game and my character in it,” Rodger writes. “It was all I cared about.”

Near the end of his manifesto, Rodger’s proclaims: “On the Day of Retribution, I will truly be a powerful god, punishing everyone I deem to be impure and depraved.”

The connection between trouble young men and violent online gaming is self-evident. In fact, ‘online gaming’ rehabilitation facilities have been established to help people with their gaming addiction, because medical professionals are beginning to recognize online gaming as a real addiction just like gambling, alcohol, and drugs.

If someone is spending a large amount of time playing violent online games, these are a few of the signs they are addicted:

  • They constantly talk about their online gaming success.
  • Their personal hygiene declines.
  • They begin to see violence as acceptable behavior.
  • They lose interest in the daily activities, becoming more of a loner.
  • They sacrifice everything, including skipping school or work, sleep, and meal.

Finally, online gaming, in general, has been linked to young adults finding it hard to meet personal milestones like moving out of their parents’ house, going to college, holding a job or getting married. In fact, some men are stuck in a prolonged adolescence; one stat says 18-to-34-year-old men spend more time playing online games than 12-to-17-year-old boys.

Unfortunately, nothing will change with regard to violent online gaming. After all the bottom-line is huge with Americans spending $20.77 billion on video games, hardware, and accessories in 2012, according to the Entertainment Software Association.


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