Originally Posted by Jerry
As far as the boy is concerned, I refuse to believe that anyone is incapable of fully comprehending and appreciating the consequences of their actions by sole virtue of their age. I think determinations to this effect must be made on a case-to-case basis; a one-size fits all approach is not logical.
The emotional and mental cognizance of any given person is not a direct consequence of their age; other factors must be taken into consideration.
Having said that, I would assume that this boy was fully aware of the moral consequences of his actions. Almost all eleven year-olds are fully capable of making determinations between right and wrong. If they understand that throwing rocks through a car window or stealing candy from a gas station is wrong then it seems nonsensical to suggest their ability to discern right from wrong is inversely proportional to the magnitude of their crime.
I knew full well even at the age of five that shooting a person in the back of the head would kill them and that it was wrong to hurt others. Mitigating factors notwithstanding, I'm certain this boy did as well.
Oh yay, another rant by Bhkad about violent video games. /yawn...
Videogames are NOT the blame. Where in that article does it say anything about the kid playing video games? I am SICK ****ING SICK, of stupid people blaming video games, movies, literature, everything except themselves for these actions. You know what video games are? A scapegoat. I could go murder some kid on my campus, and than if i want to, could go to court and say, well... I did play world of warcraft... and I somehow thought that playing that game meant it was OK to go buy a sword and chop his head off... Yeah right.
Bhkad, I have played many, many video games, violent, sports, educational.. you name it, i've played it. I have never done a criminal act, have no criminal record, have been in two fights in my life (i'm 22). I help people out when I see they are in need, and am majoring in criminal justice to protect people from violence/other crimes. Why am I not a murdering nutjob? Could it be because.. Wait for it... I was mature enough to understand the difference between fantasy and reality at a young age? Oh wait.. OR could it be.. my parents taught me hurting people was wrong? Treat others how you would like to be treated? etc etc etc. According to that psych. that link you gave means I should at least have racked up 100+ body count by age 22... I gotta get to work on that /sarcasm off.
Now, if you are arguing that young children should NOT be playing M rated games (18+) Than I can agree with you, and once again blame that on bad parenting. All you are doing by blaming games is giving criminal scumbags an excuse for their violent actions when they go to court. Oh.. well I played this game.. and that's why I did it. I don't mean to be rude man, but you can't just use **** as a scapegoat. This isn't nazi germany.
Last edited by aps; 02-26-09 at 06:02 AM.