Fulton County sheriff voices concern over active shooter game

Fulton County sheriff voices concern over active shooter game

May 29, 2018 06:44 PM

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said he strongly supports the Constitution and the First Amendment. However, he said a new video game called "Active Shooter" crosses the line and should not be released to the public.

"At a minimum, it's insensitive and unthinking and a maximum it's repugnant and offensive," said Sheriff Giardino.

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In the game, set to be released on the site Steam next week, players can move through a school as either a SWAT officer or a gunman terrorizing civilians and police.

"I'm not saying we should have governmental control of it, I just think that the company should use social responsibility and impose self-control and some morality upon themselves," added Giardino.

The video game comes after 10 people were shot and killed at a high school in Santa Fe, and 17 people were killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

The publisher of the game, ACID, wrote on Steam that it’s considering removing the active shooter role in the game. However, Giardino wants to see the game gone altogether.

"Either way, you're talking about young children in schools being killed," said Giardino.

The sheriff said he worries about kids mimicking the actions in the game.

"They desensitize them to violence, they desensitize them to death and it also encourages a belief that while there's some glory in it, you get the most points because you shot the most people," explained Giardino.

A local psychiatrist said while games like this may not be the root of the problem when it comes to school shootings, they do have an impact.  

"It's not necessarily going to cause the problem, but it's certainly, you know, it's fueling it," said Anthony Ferraioli.

Giardino released the following statement:

"Being a former District Attorney and Judge I strongly support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. However, there are certain lines that should not be crossed. This game crosses one such line and should be pulled before it's released. Not because of the rule of law but as a matter of social responsibility. I have seen multiple cases of unstable and mentally ill individuals mimicking criminal or dangerous things they have seen on television, at the movies, online or in video games. So I strongly oppose this video game and similar games, not on legal grounds, but for moral reasons."


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