Senator says violent games gave Newtown shooter 'false courage'

A Democratic senator from Connecticut believes Newtown shooter Adam Lanza may not have had the "false courage" to embark on the elementary school massacre if not for violent games. Washington Examiner has video of the senator's speech (via Kotaku), given during a press conference for a new bill which would limit and ban assault weapons.

“I think there’s a question as to whether he would have even driven in his mother’s car in the first place if he didn’t have access to a weapon that he saw in video games that gave him a false sense of courage about what he could do that day,” Sen. Chris Murphy said.

The crux of Murphy's speech was on the need for a ban on assault weapons, like the AR-15 rifle Lanza used in the shooting, but he sees video games as a contributing factor. President Barack Obama has called for the CDC to research any potential correlation between violent games and real-life violence.

As a semi-relevant factoid, Murphy is the U.S.' youngest senator at age 39.


  • g1rldraco7 - January 29, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    Lowblow here!!! He's treading on thin ice as it is.
  • stephanie-sanchez - January 29, 2013 1:30 a.m.

    False courage? What does that even mean? And exactly how much false courage do you need to take a gun to an elementary school and prey on defensless children? He was nothing but a coward. In order to quell the hatred he had for himself and his fucked up head, he had to kill off people of an innocent mind. Even if a videogame initially set him off to go and do what he did, what happened before that in his life is really to blame. There's always more to a story, but it seems as if some, like this man up here, can only focus on one detail of it.
  • stephanie-sanchez - January 29, 2013 1:40 a.m.

  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - January 29, 2013 12:27 a.m.

    Dynasty Warriors is the best game series ever, they can fuck off for trying to accuse that shit.
  • dcobs123 - January 28, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    What is false courage?
  • D0CCON - January 28, 2013 8:23 p.m.

    I think it's actually caused by getting drunk.
  • dcobs123 - January 29, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    Wow, then that's a good choice of words then lol.
  • ventanger - January 28, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    FINALLY you guys start identifying these people as Democrats. Kudos! Seriously, every time some Republican says something stupid it's widely publicized and breathless news reporters then have to cut to some pundit who explains why the GOP is finished if it doesn't respond and rally against their own. But when a Democrat says something stupid (which is more often and usually more severe), they're identified as "senator". Hank Johnson, Debby Wasserman Shultz, John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, etc etc etc
  • Rub3z - January 26, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    This is a great ploy on the part of GamesRadar. Such good journalism, to elicit this kind of reaction in its readers with only a headline and three paragraphs. Well done, GR. Well done.
  • haipayazoo - January 27, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    Better than IGN.
  • Fringe_Agent13 - January 26, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    They can't even prove that video games were the cause.
  • Funkzillabot - January 26, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    Senators say a lot of things, it doesn't mean anything. It's no different than any drunken city bum, standing on a street corner preaching the Gospel According to Budweiser. Just ignore him.
  • crocosquid - January 26, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    So Hitler liked art...does that mean all struggling artist are going to go on genocide?
  • KA87 - January 27, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    He also wrote a book!!!! That means writing books gives people false courage to commit a genocide!!!!! LOL
  • Bloodstorm - January 26, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    Oh yeah, never mind that the guy was a mentally unstable social recluse and that his mother should have been seeking help for him, not hiding him away in the house and letting his unstable mind be subjected to violence. No, guns and video games are this kids problem, not up bringing and mental states. I've been playing violent video games wince I was 10 or 11 with games like Twisted Metal and Tekken. I was playing Unreal Tournament by 13, I'd play Conker's Bad Fur Day multiplayer over at my friends house all the time. When the Xbox came out I was playing Halo and Battlefield 2, and when I went over to my friends we'd play GTA Vice City. I've got a library of violent titles that I played throughout my teenage years. Never got into any fist fights, never thought about killing everyone at my school. The only reason video games influence children/teenagers is if there is already a mental ailment doing the heavy lifting for the influence to take place. Parents need to be more active. My parents knew my limits, and they knew I could handle violence in video games. I don't own all those because Gamestop sold them to me underage, or because I borrowed them from a friend (though I did play a few games at friends houses that my mom wouldn't have been crazy about). I own them because my parents had bought them for me, and they trusted me with them because they actually paid attention.
  • KnightDehumidifier - January 26, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    Remember folks, Connecticut gave the nation Senator Joseph Lieberman, who has been on an anti-video game crusade involving himself and the state of Connecticut.
  • derek722001 - January 26, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    No truth whatsoever!!!!
  • jh4911 - January 26, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Where is the evidence that that statement is accurate!?!
  • SilentDark - January 26, 2013 4:52 a.m.

    How many times does it have to be said before these idiots get it. THERE WAS VIOLENCE LONG BEFORE VIDEO GAMES YOU STUPID STUPID IDIOTS!!!!!!!! Are these people, who are in charge of our economy, our defense, our education system really so willfully stupid that they continue to parrot these insane arguments. These people need to be taken out of their positions of authority because they are too stupid to be trusted with such a responsibility. No wonder the economy tanked with brain dead buffoons like this in charge. I fear for our future. I really really do.
  • oryanbelt - January 25, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    "I think there’s a question as to whether he would have even driven in his mother’s car in the first place if he didn't have access to a weapon that he saw in video games that gave him a false sense of courage about what he could do that day." Yeah the question is: Who the fuck let the guy have access to the gun? The gun itself is the so called "false courage", not the video games he may have played. Someone doesn't need to play video games to know how to shoot a gun. Movies, TV shows, hell you can fucking look up this stuff on Google; Pick your option and you can learn enough. So fucking dumb >_>

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