Jacob Sullum on Mass Murder Myths



In December 2012, less than a week after Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the New York Post described his "eerie lair of violent video games," where he "obliterated virtual victims until the virtual became a reality." The Post reported that the troubled 20-year-old "was enthralled by blood-splattering, shoot-'em-up electronic games." Jacob Sullum highlights that this proved to be wholly untrue. He also notes that we should recognize the folly of trying to explain the inexplicable or prevent the unpreventable.