Originally Posted by ElMikeTheMike
It's not ALWAYS the parents fault. Parents can't watch their kids 24/7 and control everything they do, say, watch, play, etc. That's unrealistic. Games can have an adverse effect on kids. I'm not sure why you all ignore that.
I agree, but it is the parents that have the control over teaching their children what is acceptable and what is not. A video game does not turn a good kid into a hellion over night. I do not believe a kid all of a sudden shoots his friend due to a video game. I am guessing that there were other violent tendencies and issues that pre-dated this shooting.
All I am trying to say is that the parents have the ability to counter act the bad influences in a childs life. When I was younger, I hung out with some very shady people and I have done some very shady things. If it were not for the counter acting effects of my family and the positive support I received from them when I was at my worst, I would not be where I am right now.
I understand as well that not all parents have the ability to spend enough time with their children (also, the kids may want to have nothing to do with them) but, the parents should make sure that there is some sort positive role model (brother, uncle, big-brother/sister etc.)
edit: I also agree that the fact that the kid was able to get a hold of a gun is a major factor. he was obviously noty mature nor educated enough to be trusted with it.