In light of last Friday's tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a symbolic one-day “ceasefire” on online shooting games has been called for this Friday by the founder of GamerFitNation, an online video gaming website.
Antwand Pearman announced the sign of solidarity in an emotionally strained YouTube video on the day of the shooting that left 27 dead. Pearman called for 24 hours in which players of violent video games should “just put your controller down and show your love," he said. He since set the ceasefire for Friday.
"I grew up in a really bad neighborhood and I grew with gun violence for most of my life," Pearman, the website's CEO said, visibly close to tears. "I got to a point where to me it got numb. I was used to it. So when I heard somebody getting killed, it was just another story. And as I got older and became a man, I realized I didn't want to hear the stories anymore."
"I'm asking for a demonstration. A demonstration of peace, the one thing money can't buy," Pearman went on.
Investigators have struggled to find a motive to connect to the 20-year-old Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, forced his way into the school in Newtown, Conn., with an assault rifle and two handguns. No link has been found between Lanza and violent video games.
The topic was brought up on last weekend's "Meet the Press" by former Homeland Security Advisor Tom Ridge.
"We haven't even started talking about the corrosive influence of a violent-oriented world," Ridge said. "TV, video games, shoot to kill video games. When you're in the military you learn that your target may shoot back, but you get in this digital world, this fantasy world, that I think — you take a look at the folks at Columbine, Aurora, et cetera, suddenly it's — it's a different personality type."
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