The Daily Mirror today carries the headline “I’ll do a Grand Theft Auto Massacre” after a submariner went on a rampage under the waves and shot dead his fellow Navy comrades.
After disobeying an order the gunman Ryan Donovan was denied a move to the Fleet Auxiliary Ship Cardigan Bay. This was due to Donovan not agreeing to help clean the Submarnie he then served on.
Donovan then went on to tell crewmate Petty Officer Andrew Love that he was planning a “Grand Theft Auto-style massacre”.
“The defendant just giggled and said he was thinking how to start a massacre,” Prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC told Winchester Crown Court.
“He started talking about Grand Theft Auto where you start a massacre and rack up points by killing.”
The Sun amazingly has turned away from the video game link instead leading with the tagline “Sub gunman flipped over cleaning duty”.
This is not the first time that GTA has been linked to real-world violence, despite the nature of the crime it seems that the Mirror and other rags around it are intent on making video games the sole cause to such violence. This is proved when the newspaper writes “one of the most addictively popular and controversial computer games ever made” and points to accusations the game has received of “inciting vulnerable youngsters to commit horrific crimes.”
It seems that the Mirror like so many others puts the root cause to every violent outburst in the UK down to Grand Theft Auto.