Arizona Shooter Pegged As 'Big Video Gamer' By Classmates

Here we go. Jared Lee Loughner, the Tucson man accused of attempting to kill Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been identified as a "big video gamer" by former classmates. Oh, and he really enjoyed reading Mein Kampf.

While a YouTube account linked to Loughner doesn't actually list video games as one of his interests - allegedly, he enjoys reading, grammar, "conscience dreams" and... mind control as currency? - two reports from former classmates have identified the suspect as an avid video game player. So don't be surprised when you see the following recollections dredged up by video game fear-mongering types.

(We've already had one opportunistic unemployed lawyer focus on this one aspect of Loughner's life, shockingly.)

According to a Wall Street Journal report, "All [Loughner]did was play video games and play music," according to high school friend Tommy Marriotti. And by way of The Arizona Republic, the suspected murderer was a "big video gamer," or so says Pima Community College student Chris Walker.

Other rumoured and reported interests of Loughner's include heavy metal and classic rock music, playing the saxophone, graffiti, drugs, sitting in unlocked cars, blurting out apocalyptic non sequitur during algebra classes and reading books like Animal Farm, Brave New World, Peter Pan, Mein Kampf and Siddhartha. Loughner also stands accused of maybe liking Drowning Pool.

But, yeah, video games. Crazy people like them too.

Loughner disruptive, talked of death, former classmates say [AZ Central]


Comments

    Crap. I'm like 96% serial killer then. I have read Animal Farm, Brave New World and Siddhartha, I listen to lots of different metal, I have a black Triple M (rock radio station) poster signed by various bands including A Perfect Circle, System of a Down and Drowning Pool. While I do not play saxophone, I've always wanted to. I play guitar (METAL ELECTRIC GUITAR) instead. I'm a bald white guy, though I have to work at the crazy eyes.

    Oh and I'm originally from Arizona too.

      Do not be alarmed, we have called the police and they are on their way to get you now. Thankyou for your patience, have a nice day

    Every time stories like this show up - the futile liking of violence with video games - I always think of this Penny Arcade Comic.

    There is a bit of swearing it in so for some it may not be work safe.

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/4/14/

    Peter Pan is my crack.

    They call drowning pool heavy metal? These people really are oblivious to reality...

    He was a big video gamer!

    I also heard he liked to breathe oxygen, and had a fondness for eating *food*!

    Bad journalism is bad.

    The real problem with all these deranged young men killing innocent and random people is the ease with which they can access firearms, not video games. as countless studies have shown the link between violent video games and violent behaviour cannot be described as causal; the link between someone buying a gun (legally) and then shooting someone with it is another thing. because of the size of the gun lobby it's political suicide to advocate legislation that comes between an american and his "god-given right" to be able to shoot his neighbour. in reading about this story i've found a single story about the fault of (lack of) gun control. disgusting, but what else is to be expected.

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