Editor's Note: This is obviously a reaction to the tragedy in Newtown, CT, so let's be respectful in the comments, all right?
Just when you think that we as a society can finally accept art as part of our culture, something has to remind you of we are still human.
A group calling themselves "SouthingtonSOS," which was organized in 2005, is planning an event dated for January 12 which aims to destroy "violent Video games" in the area, as well as "violent movies and music." This group is going as far as using scare tactics and guilt tripping, even saying that parents who turn in their children’s media are performing an "action of responsible citizenship."
The group organizers go on record saying that they do not believe the events in Newtown were caused by violent videogames, but in the same breath they do say that "there is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and Movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying." A pretty bold statement, considering it contradicts many studies that say otherwise.
Turning in any form of media will earn you a $25 gift card. Organizers say that the "games, movies, and music turned in will be snapped, placed in a dumpster, and later incinerated." The event will take place at the Southington Drive-in theatre, about 30 miles from Newtown, at approximately 9 AM.