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America has once again made the magnificent move of attempting to pin gun violence on video games, rather than address the system and deeply rooted issues with the country that leads to such tragedy on a near-daily basis.
18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is currently on trial for killing two people and injuring another in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25 last year. Rittenhouse claims he travelled to Wisconsin from Illinois to provide medical aid and protection during the civil unrest that erupted in Kenosha as a result of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police.
During the protests, Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum after he allegedly attempted to take the defendant’s rifle. Rittenhouse later shot and killed Anthony Huber, who is believed to have hit him with a skateboard. He also shot and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who had allegedly approached him with a handgun.
As part of Rittenhouse’s homicide trial, in which his attorneys are arguing he acted in self defense, the defendant was asked by prosecutors about his experience with first-person shooters like Call Of duty.
“Isn’t it true when you would hang out with Dominic Black you’d play Call of Duty and other first-person shooter video games?” prosecutor Thomas Binger asked Rittenhouse on November 10. “And those are games in which you use weapons like AR-15s to pretty much shoot anybody who comes at you, right?”
If you’re reading this story on GAMINGbible, a video game website, you’re probably a gamer yourself. That means you’re probably wondering what on Earth Rittenhouse’s experience with video games has to do with what happened in Kenosha last August.
“It’s a video game where two players are playing together,” Rittenhouse responded. “I don’t really understand the meaning of the question, to be honest.”
“Isn’t one of the things people do in these video games, try and kill everyone else with your guns?” the prosecution pushed.
“Yeah, in the video game,” Rittenhouse said. “It’s just a video game, it’s not real life.”
According to reports, prosecution is attempting to link the shootings with video games in an attempt to weaken Rittenhouse’s self-defence argument. A verdict has yet to be reached, so we’ll have to wait and see how that works out.
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Topics: Call Of Duty
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