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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:05 PM

After Newtown, Massachusetts pulls violent games from rest stops

Source: Reuters

After Newtown, Massachusetts pulls violent games from rest stops

By Daniel Lovering
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts | Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:41pm EST

(Reuters) - Massachusetts has pulled violent arcade games from its highway service plazas after a family raised concerns they might offend residents of neighboring Connecticut, which last month witnessed the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

Tracey and Andrew Hyams called for the games' removal because they thought residents of Newtown, Connecticut, might stumble across them, Massachusetts transportation department spokeswoman Sara Lavoie said on Friday. A gunman killed 20 first graders, six adults and himself in a December 14 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The couple and their children were driving to Boston from New York on Christmas Eve when they stopped at a rest stop about an hour's drive from the Newtown and saw a young man pointing a life-size toy machine gun at a video game machine.

"We were struck by the possibility that someone from the Newtown community, driving east for the Christmas holiday, might stumble across this scene," they wrote in an e-mail message to the Department of Transportation.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/us-usa-shooting-connecticut-videogames-idUSBRE90A0W020130111

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Eugene Jan 2013 OP
HERVEPA Jan 2013 #1
MineralMan Jan 2013 #2
Puzzledtraveller Jan 2013 #6
Politicalboi Jan 2013 #3
Enrique Jan 2013 #4
Little Star Jan 2013 #5
randome Jan 2013 #7
JoeyT Jan 2013 #8
snooper2 Jan 2013 #9

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:08 PM

1. Good move, dumb reason

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:11 PM

2. Convert all rest stops to combo toilet facilities and shooting ranges.

That'll solve the problem.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:53 PM

6. There is a real guitar hero public urinal



Call of Nature/ Gun Urinal is not too farfetched

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:16 PM

3. How about

After Newtown, Mass pulls 30 round ammo clips from their entire state. Idiots believe it's the "video games". I play violent video games, and NEVER think about shooting ANYONE for REAL.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:18 PM

4. the day after Newtown I went to see "Lincoln"

an absurd amount of violence in the trailers, especially "Gangster Squad" which was just insane in how much shooting there was.

My point is that there's no way to protect people in our society from gun images.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:35 PM

5. I agree but we can protect people from assault weapon and...

extended magazine/clip images if we just have the will to do it. There is no need to glamorize those things.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:55 PM

7. I think the idea was to spare the feelings of grieving families.

There are some defensive posts in this thread right off the bat.

I find that interesting.

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Response to randome (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:59 PM

8. I don't know why it would be interesting.

People get defensive because any time anything happens some people are going to blame it on the same thing they blame everything on. You're right about the reason for this specific act, but there have been plenty of threads screaming for banning violent video games and movies.

Doesn't really matter what happened, either. Some people turn into Jack Thompson because it's Tuesday and Tuesdays suck, ergo violent video games (Or movies. Or rock music.) are to blame.

Edited to add: It isn't like anything was banned anyway. They just pulled them out of the state owned rest stops.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:01 PM

9. Is it possible for an entire state to facepalm?

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