Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

September 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A nine-year old boy from Orlando, Florida has been placed in "home confinement" for bring weapons to school. His father claims that the boy brought "an unloaded handgun, a magazine with six bullets inside, a steak knife and a small-handled sledge hammer" to school because he was emulating what the main character "Steve" does in Minecraft.

"They use hammers to dig and knives and guns to protect themselves from zombies," he said, according to the a report from Orlando news station WFTV.

The father said that the boy was just acting out the game in real life and that the gun he brought to school could never be fired because the firing pin had been removed. The father did not explain why his son was able to get the gun or the ammo in the first place. The son was not named because he is a minor.

Minecraft is rated E10+ by the ESRB, and while there is some cartoon violence in the game, it hardly rises to the level of the Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty series. In some schools, Minecraft is being used to teach children as well.

It just goes to show you that, in order to avoid taking responsibility for their own actions, some parents will say anything, and some judges who are ignorant of basic facts about things, will accept those arguments.

Source: WFTV by way of Kotaku


Comments

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

Everybody has commented about the no guns in Minecraft, but nobody has a problem with the idea that we spend all day "digging with hammers"?  >.>

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

Anything to avoid personal responsibility, disgusting.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

Wait..what? There was so much stupidity in this that my mind has been blown. Funny how a game that doesn't have guns in it can somehow influence a kid to bring a gun to school. 

But that's not really the important issue here. It just proves that the father is an idiot. The REAL issue here is how this kid got a hold of a gun.

However, I am happy that this weapon was not used against anyone.

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

Minecraft CAN have guns in it, but only if you mod it to be so, but I highly doubt the kid was playing a modded copy of it.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

I wouldn't know. I play the XBOX 360 Edition.

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

Has anybody asked the kid why he took the weapons to school?

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

I'm sure school officials and the police did, even if it really was Minecraft by some tortured logic, they just wouldn't be doing their jobs if they took the father's word at it (or the son's for that matter).

However, I'm assuming his answer to them was a lot less relevant to the current media narrative, now that things like suicide and bullying have stopped getting headlines and video game violence is a hot topic again.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

I can't help but wonder if this is related to today's "Letter to the Editor"

Also, no guns in Minecraft.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

Let me get this straight... you have an unguarded handgun and a loaded magazine in a home with a nine year old and you blame minecraft for what happened? There are three firearms in my house and the three of them are in a biometric safe. Why? because we have a 10 year old.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

To be fair, if the firing pin had been removed I can see why the parents would not be guarding the gun all that carefully.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

Doesn't matter if the firing pin is removed. If the gun so much as LOOKS like it could fire, then you need to treat it as though it can.

 

Number one rule I always see is t otreat a gun as though it's loaded.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

While that is a good rule of thumb and one I agree people should follow, a gun that has been mechanically rendered inoperable does not represent the same level of risk as one that is functional.  It is still a bad idea to let a child be able to access it since the kid probably does not know the difference.. esp if it is being kept in a 'drawer' as the piece said.  

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

There are a lot of good reasons behind the rule "Always treat a gun as if it's loaded and ready to fire." To list a couple:

-Even if you think the gun is inoperable, it might not be. Blanks can still cause damage, and even kill. Safeties can malfunction. You might simply be mistaken.

-No one else can be expected to know the gun is inoperable. If you hold up a disabled gun and point it at a police officer, you could very likely get shot in self-defense. If you bring one to school, you can cause a panic and get in huge trouble.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

Good rules yes, but that was not my point.

My point was about the parents.  People are saying the parents were irresponsible because a kid was able to get at the gun.  I disagree.   I have seen kids get through all sorts of preventive measures..... locked cabinets, safety locks on the gun themselves, children can be surprisingly clever when it comes to getting around them.

On the other hand, I have never heard of a kid taking a gun that has had its firing pin removed managing to discharge it.  The kid might have freaked out a school with his show and tell, but the parents had set up a situation where he was unable to actually hurt someone.  I will take that over [but I used a safety lock!] any day.

Re: Father Blames Minecraft for Son Bringing Gun to School

No they hadn't. Police have done armed responses in similar situations and all it takes is one wrong move before he's declared dead by medical personnel. So congratulations, they prevented the gun from firing. Bravo. Think anyone else knew that at the time?

The best (and in my mind only) situation is to keep it locked up and explain properly that even carrying a gun could get someone, especially himself, hurt or killed.

 
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