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Cambridge, MA - Massachusetts Orders Removal Of Violent Games At Rest Stops After Newtown Shooting

Published on: January 11, 2013 02:03 PM
By: Reuters
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Cambridge, MA - Massachusetts has pulled violent arcade games from its highway service plazas after a family raised concerns they might offend residents of neighboring Connecticut, which last month witnessed the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

Tracey and Andrew Hyams called for the games’ removal because they thought residents of Newtown, Connecticut, might stumble across them, Massachusetts transportation department spokeswoman Sara Lavoie said on Friday. A gunman killed 20 first graders, six adults and himself in a December 14 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The couple and their children were driving to Boston from New York on Christmas Eve when they stopped at a rest stop about an hour’s drive from the Newtown and saw a young man pointing a life-size toy machine gun at a video game machine.


“We were struck by the possibility that someone from the Newtown community, driving east for the Christmas holiday, might stumble across this scene,” they wrote in an e-mail message to the Department of Transportation.

Such games “have no place in state-sponsored highway rest stops - particularly those in such close proximity to real-life tragedy,” the email continued.

In response to the complaint, Massachusetts authorities asked service plaza operators to remove violent arcade games at rest stops across the state. Nine games were replaced or removed from plazas operated by Burger King or McDonald’s Corp, the spokeswoman said.

The Newtown attacks, which left a total of 28 dead including the gunman’s mother, has led to calls for a boycott of violent video games, with some Americans worried they can desensitize players to violence in the real world.

Vice President Joe Biden, who is heading a White House panel aimed at coming up with ways to stop gun violence, is due to meet with representatives of the movie and video game industry on Friday.

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 Jan 11, 2013 at 02:21 PM Chill Says:

This country is becoming communist! Yes newtown is very sad but the world moves on!!!


 Jan 11, 2013 at 02:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Excellent!! Maybe it will cut down on road rage after rest stops too. Can't wait to see who has the heartlessness to oppose this.


 Jan 11, 2013 at 03:43 PM Bostener Says:

Good job!


 Jan 12, 2013 at 09:01 PM Aryeh Says:

Since when is decency a communist ideal to be avoided? Would you prefer a nudist shooting range at the rest stop?


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