Rap Music and Violent Video Games Play Out a Role in Four Murders

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The death of Australian jogger, Christopher Lane, 22 years, will not be charged as a hate crime despite the anti-white tweets sent by the youngest instigator of the attack, James Edwards. Edwards tweeted that he hated white people – they are nasty.  He also tweeted that he beat up 5 white people after the decision in the Trayvon Martin case cam down, something the race hustlers did not condemn.

Edwards, with two others, targeted and shot Lane in the back with a gun believed to be stolen in a robbery. They were bored.

One day before the premeditated thrill kill of  Lane, Edwards tweeted about rapper Chief Keef.

Two days earlier he posted a chilling tweet with lyrics from the rapper’s song, I Don’t Like. It read: ‘With my n****s when it’s time to start taken life’s’ (sic). Other lyrics in the same song include ‘pistol toting and I’m shooting on sight’.

Chief Ford said, ‘These boys were more into some rapper that goes around, his music is violent. More than gang stuff. One of the parents said something about rap. These boys have no respect for life or authority or society…”

James Edwards

Photo of James Edwards, 15, who is being tried as an adult

Antwain ‘Twain Gotti’ Steward rapped about killing two boys and was later arrested. He said he murdered,’choked’ and ‘smoked’  Christopher Horton, 16, and Brian Dean, 20, at their home in Newport in 2007. He was a teen at the time and he is only going to be charged as a juvenile. That way he can get out of finishing school jail and kill again.

Antwain Steward

Photo of Twain Gotti Steward, the rapping murderer

An eight-year-old boy, allegedly shot his 90-year-old grandmother, Marie Smothers, to death minutes after he played a violent video game, Grand Theft Auto IV. The game awards points for killing people.

grand theft auto

Photo of a scene from Grand Theft Auto IV, very age-inappropriate for an 8-year old

The unidentified Louisiana boy shot her in the back of the head with her own gun as she watched TV in the mobile home Thursday. He WON’T be charged because of his age.

The boy told investigators he shot the woman accidentally.

WAFB-TV reports there is evidence showing he intentionally shot her. He cannot be criminally charged because of his age.

It is unclear as to how he got the gun. Juvenile courts can take some action in the case such as offering or requiring counseling (Ya think?).

The view endorsed by organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is that exposure to violent media (including video games) can contribute to real-life violent behavior and harm children in other ways.

“My professional opinion is that video game violence is enabling the expression of violent urges in ways that cocaine and the worst of drugs never did and never could.” Dr. Michael Welner, forensic psychiatrist, told The Advocate.

Rap music and violent video games played a role in the mindset of these killers despite what the media would have us believe.

There is no talk of banning or limiting rap music or violent video games.

In the end, it is the parents who must take responsibility for their children. Because of the breakdown of the family and our ‘anything goes’ society, parents are abrogating that responsibility and letting children raise themselves.

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