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Video games are not to blame for Breivik massacre

By Scott Tibbs, April 27, 2012

Why did Anders Breivik set up a bomb to murder people last summer? Why did he massacre teenagers on an island youth camp? When an atrocity like this happens people naturally search for answers. What could possibly motivate someone to slaughter 14 and 15 year old kids? How could he think that this is a righteous act?

I have the answer everyone is seeking. He did it because he is evil. It really is that simple.

We're starting to see a familiar scapegoat for the actions of this evil man. He played video games, especially first person shooters. This is silly. Millions upon millions worldwide play video games, and the video game industry brings in more revenue than Hollywood. And yet the vast majority of players are not violent criminals.

Here is an important statistic: As the video game industry boomed in the 1990's, the crime rate dropped and there have been some who suggested that video games may have contributed to that drop, keeping teens indoors and out of trouble. Of course, there is no way to prove this, just as there is no way to prove video games cause crime. There are a lot of factors in the crime rate that simply cannot be explained by one thing.

Could it be that Breivik was encouraged because he knew that he would not get anything close to a real punishment in Norway's corrupt "justice" system? If he is deemed sane, he will face 21 years in prison. That's right. Not only will he not face the death penalty as commanded by God, he will spend a pathetic 21 years in prison and theoretically have decades of life left as a free man. His victims will still be dead, though.

Let's be brutally honest here. Lawlessness breeds lawlessness. When you cannot get justice from those entrusted by God to bear the sword in defense of the innocent, where will you turn? One likely outcome is rebellion against that authority through vigilantism. Breivik could well be assassinated when he is released from prison. This is sin, too, but Norway's corrupt "justice" system is as much to blame as Breivik's eventual assassin.