You know, producing a video game which targets a particular real individual for murder -- in particular because of that individual's exercise of their Constitutional rights -- does seem to cross a line here.
A new online video game is taking political discourse to a whole new level. We already reported the death threats being received by NRA executives and now, a video game which allows users to shoot NRA President David Keene in the head, has been released. The creator of the game identified as gizmo01942 Ediot says, "Share this everywhere, especially gun-nut and anti-game websites. Also see if you can't send it in to the NRA somehow, like through the feedback on their website or something." Gizmo also provides screen shots to viewers, which can be seen below.
The game is available for download and comes in the form of a zip file. During a press conference in December, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre berated the video game industry for their use of violence saying, "Isn’t fantasizing about killing people all day really the filthiest form of pornography?”
Doesn't this constitute an online death threat? Shouldn't the creators and promoters of this game be facing some sort of criminal -- or at least civil -- sanctions for implicitly communicating a death threat?
And for the anti-gunnites who think this game is just lads of fun and great political commentary, let me ask you -- would this game be acceptable if it targeted Sarah Brady? Piers Morgan? Michale Moore (though that game wouldn't be challenging -- too large a target)? President Obama (nah -- that will earn you a visit from Secret Service agents with real guns)? Or maybe, in honor of the upcoming federal holiday, they can rework the game and make Doctor King a target on the hotel balcony where he was murdered!
Now for those who find my intentionally extreme and offensive suggestions above to be. . . uhhhh. . . extreme and offensive, will you explain to me why they are any more offensive than this actual game targeting NRA President David Keene? Aren't there criminal, or at least civil, penalties that ought to be applicable here?