Just a day following the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., New Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Tuesday suggested that “the left” was trying to make Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard about “gun control,” when what the country really needed was a registry to track video game purchases.
Grand Theft Auto V in real life
As absurd as that sounds—no, is—there is a case for the suggestion that violent video games lead to violence. In an interesting spin on this treatise, a man was beaten with a brick in north London yesterday before being stabbed in what appears to be a violent attack in order to rob him of a violent video game, Grand Theft Auto V.
A 23-year-old was attacked as he made his way home from a midnight launch event in the early hours of yesterday morning with the latest installment in the violent video game’s series. Detectives are questioning three youths, aged 15, 17 and 18, on suspicion of robbery at a north London police station.
While it would seem that the motive was to rob the man of his copy of Grand Theft Auto V, it could certainly just be a coincidence. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The motive for the attack is unclear at this stage.”
The attack occurred on Princess Avenue in Colindale, North London, at around 1:20am. The unnamed victim is reported to be in stable condition and a full recovery is expected.
GTA V to crush sales numbers
While sales numbers aren’t quite tabulated yet, it’s believed that Grand Theft Auto V will crush a number of video game sales records. Amazon sold out of the game almost immediately. Grand Theft Auto is believed to be one of the most expensive games ever to come to market, with development and marketing costs expected to reach over $270 million.
Analysts are suggesting that Grand Theft Auto V sales will reach $1 billion within a year of its release yesterday, with 25 million copies expected to change hands. Early reviews of the game have critics calling it one of the very best video games ever made.
Regardless of the motive for the attack, Grand Theft Auto V’s sales won’t be affected by the attack, though Ms. Hasselbeck at Fox may have been given ammunition for her asinine contention that guns don’t kill people, video game characters and their fans do.