Weekly Challenger- A 15-year-old in New York has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after he allegedly accidentally shot his friend in the head while celebrating a victory in the NFL video game Madden on Thursday.
The boy, whose name has not been released by police, was smoking pot with friends Denzel Nash, 16, and Luigi Fontin, 18, when he scored a touchdown. Elated, he pulled out a .32 caliber pistol and waved it around in celebration.
It was at that point, an NY Daily News report says, the gun went off and Nash was shot in the face.
According to the New York Post, the boys are alleged to have then thrown the gun in a backpack, then into the bath, and fled.
However, cops responding to a 911 call found the two outside, and Fontini allegedly told police what had happened. Nash was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Teenage friends? Smoking weed together? Playing 'Madden'? With a loaded pistol in the room? Let's just clear this up real quick. It may suck that a child is dead, but accidental homicide was the best, most well intentioned outcome in this situation. There was probably a .01% chance that the kid that scored a touchdown would mistakenly shoot his friend in the head, but there was a 99.99% chance that the kid that got the touchdown scored on him would have willingly shot his friend in the head. Either way, someone was getting assassinated. It's actually better (relatively speaking) that it happened to the kid that was losing, because not even blowing your buddy's brains through the back of his skull can make you feel better about taking an L in 'Madden'.
Regardless, I have a hard time thinking of a more volatile combination than competitive kids, drugs, video games, and live ammunition. That -amongst a variety of other reasons- is why we didn't keep a gun in our college house. You simply can't be held responsible for your actions when you are under the influence and lose a game of virtual reality football to a person that feels comfortable talking shit to you. My college buddies and I weren't even what you would consider "gamers" and there was still instances when a person would have to leave the house to avoid noticeable tension between roommates. I can honestly say I am glad that there was never a deadly weapon within arm's length, because sometimes it felt like serving a life sentence was more bearable than repeatedly hearing about a lucky 4th quarter fumble return. Occasionally violence is the only way to solve animosity caused by a video game, but fights over the sticks should only be fought with fists. The best way to make sure that happens is to check all unregistered firearms at the door. Accidents happen, but they happen a lot less often when guns aren't being waved around the room in victory or defeat.
Plus, it gives us the opportunity to see more fights like this, and that's a win for the entire internet...