Broward commission condemns school shooting video game

June 05–The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre weighed on Broward County commissioners Tuesday as they condemned a video game depicting an active school shooter and supported making available in county buildings kits that can quickly stop the bleeding of victims of violent attacks.

Commissioners said the Active Shooter video game developed by Revived Games and published by the company Acid was “morally reprehensible.” They singled out the video distribution company Valve Corporation that had planned to release the video on its Steam digital platform Wednesday.

Although Valve officials had already agreed not to distribute Active Shooter in May, that didn’t stop commissioners from criticizing the company’s “originally intended launch” of the video. They took the company to task for its “insensitivity in light of the 17 students and faculty killed during the tragic mass shooting” at the Parkland school on Feb. 14.

In an earlier statement, Valve accused the video game maker of being a troll who has been kicked off its Steam site before.

The game allows players to be SWAT team members or active shooters walking through school hallways, classroom and gyms, scoring points for each kill they make.

Andrew Pollack and Ryan Petty, who each lost a daughter in the Parkland shootings, had previously blasted the video game, with Pollack saying “it really crosses the line.”

Broward officials also plan to put special first-aid kits — ones that can be used to stop a victim’s profuse bleeding — in county-owned buildings in unincorporated areas. The kits have a tourniquet, a chest seal that can be used for someone shot in the chest and trauma gauze that is able to stop bleeding in seconds. The goal of the kits is to keep victims from bleeding out before paramedics arrive.

A number of cities have already been distributing the kits in public places — including Coral Springs, Parkland, Davie and Hollywood — putting them near automated external defibrillators used for heart attack victims.

“It was really impressive to see what they’re doing with these bleed kits and how many lives can be saved,” Commissioner Michael Udine said. “These kind of things could be for any blood injury.”

This article provided by NewsEdge.