Popular violent video game linked to the suicides of four UK teens

In the wake of the tragic killings in Santa Barbara over the weekend, Glenn questioned the role violent video games, movies, and technology might have played in the killer’s actions. While those outlets are by no means solely to blame for violence, in a 141-page manifesto detailing his plans for a “day of retribution,” the 22-year-old killer did explain violent video games filled a void in his life starting at a young age.

On radio this morning, Glenn shared a report from the UK Daily Mail in which a coroner is investigating the role the popular Call of Duty played in the suicides of four teenagers. According to the Daily Mail, coroner John Pollard expressed 'great concerns' after the game “figured in a number of deaths” he was investigating. Glenn looked beyond just video games to technology in general to question the adverse effect the digital age has had on our lives.

“The thing I want to talk to you about here is the conversation we're not having,” Glenn said. “And the conversation that we're not having as a culture is the role of the Internet and the busyness of our lives and these video games in particular.”

In the case of the suicides in the UK, it should be noted games like Call of Duty carry a ‘mature rating,’ and the four teens who died were all under the age of 18. William Menzies was a 16-year-old “gifted” student “who suffocated himself in his bedroom, where he frequently played the war-simulation game on an Xbox.” Additionally, in February 2012, 14-year-old Callum Green was found hanged after playing Call of Duty with his stepfather. According to the coroner, the game has also been linked to the deaths of two other unnamed teenagers.

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“What is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our lives. Last night, I had a conversation with Raphe… Now, he's not playing video games at home. He's playing video games when he goes to his friend's house… What are you going to do? Stop seeing friends? Stop going over to people's houses,” Glenn asked. “We get worn down, and we get tired – just like you do. And we want to believe that it's somehow or another going to be different. Somehow or another it's going to be okay. It's just not our kid. I can't tell you that. I don't know.”

It’s not just video games though. As Glenn explained, we have become so addicted to technology, we have forgotten the basics of interpersonal relationships and a quieter life.

“It's not just about the video games. Try to suggest to your spouse that we get rid of our cell phones. Try it… We're so fearful that we think we can't do it. We're so fearful there's going to be an email that I'm going to miss. There's going to be something that happens,” Glenn explained. “’I'm connecting with all of these friends from Facebook – friends that I haven't talked to in years.’ Well, you did pretty well without those friends that you haven't talked to in years. Is it nice to reminisce? Yeah. Used to be called a reunion. You'd get together once a year.”

“Is it nice to connect to your friends? Yes. Is it required to connect to your friends? No. Is it necessary to connect to your friends? No,” he continued. “Is it required to connect to your family? Yes. Is it necessary to connect to your family? Yes. Is it necessary to have quiet time to reflect? Yes. We don't have any.”

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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