The world looks on in horror as deranged shooters murder kids at school yet software company Valve has created a game in which people play as a school shooter.
In the game, called Active Shooter, a player can choose to play as a school shooter or S.W.A.T team member, according to its website:
Active Shooter – the Simulation. Pick your role, gear up and fight or destroy! Be the good guy or the bad guy. The choice is yours! Only in “Active Shooter”, you will be able to pick the role of an Elite S.W.A.T member or the actual shooter. Lead your team, extract civilians and neutralize the shooter.”
According to an article by Sam Doorman on ijr.com;
The website touted, among other things, its “realistic first person controller,” “impressive” artificial intelligence, and “real life situations” in the game.
It prompted a Change.org petition which gathered more than 20,000 signatures.
“Valve Corporation of Bellevue is planning to launch a video game on June 6 that is a school shooting simulator. This is horrific,” petition founder Stephanie Robinett wrote.
“How can anyone sleep at night knowing that they are profiting from turning deadly school shootings into entertainment?” the petition asked.
One school teacher commented:
I’m an elementary school teacher. My students live in fear of going to school and being murdered. This game is unacceptable. School shootings are not a game. They must be stopped if at all possible.”
Another remarked that profiting from the game was “sick and sad and so wrong.”
The publisher pointed to other games it said were worse and indicated it might remove the option of playing the shooter before the game’s release on June 6.
National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch specifically called out the media for continuing to mention the shooters’ names.
“The media has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation,” she said after the Santa Fe shooting.
“#MSM has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation. I’m not saying don’t responsibly report on things as they happen. I understand it. But constantly showing the image of the murderer, constantly saying their name, is completely unnecessary.” —@DLoesch #NRA pic.twitter.com/9GjK3sLrDr
— NRATV (@NRATV) May 19, 2018