On January 29th, 2009, Erik Salvador Ayala allegedly shot nine people outside of a nightclub called The Zone. It was noted in many news stories that Ayala was an avid video game player.
In February 2008, Stephen Kazmierczak shot students at North Illinois University. He allegedly trained by playing Counter-Strike, a violent “First Person Shooter” that many young people play.
In April 2007, Seung-Hui Cho opened fire on the unsuspecting students at Virginia Tech and again it was noted that he played violent video games, possibly including Counter-Strike.
With these horrible similarities in mind, the greatest minds at the West Winds Think Tank Institute decided it was time to delve more deeply into these and many other violent scenarios plaguing the youth of America. Video games have often been blamed for creating violent young monsters intent on causing death and destruction.
“We wanted to find the correlation to video games between many of these cases. We began looking at similar cases globally and putting the pieces together,” said Dr. James K. Tiberius, head of the institute. “The closer we looked, the more frightened we became of the data we collected.”
Beginning on New Year’s Day 2009 the team, which included experts across many disciplines, began to tear apart each situation and compare every aspect with one another. The data, compiled into a custom-designed computer system started the automated process of determining similarities.
“Almost immediately, the computer began churning out impressive data about each case, each shooter, each situation,” remarked Dr. Horatio L. McCoy, Director of Medicine and Physiosocial Sciences at the institute. “James and I were flabbergasted at the results.”
“We started adding information from other violent events, and the data continued to come back with the same answers,” said Tiberius of the continued weeks of research. “We can undoubtedly say that each individual had a common thread, a common background item, even when we entered information from other events.”
The common item in question? Oxygen. Oxygen, called ‘air’ on the streets, is a highly addictive gas that can be inhaled in a variety of ways. Each shooter was found to have ‘air’ in their lungs during medical testing. ‘Air’ has also been found in the lungs of autopsied suicide bombers from Al-Quida and is expected to have been present in the lungs, blood and tissue of Former President George W. Bush during the time he ordered the United States military to action in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“It would seem that oxygen is present in each of these situation, and appears to correlate to a high level of violence in individuals under its influence,” said McCoy after continued research.
Other less likely, but potentially serious risk factors include ‘food’ and ‘water’. In the case of the latter, parents should be warned that their children may be able to purchase water, bottled and in a relatively pure form, over the counter across the nation.
“We believe the FDA needs to step in and evaluate the safety of food and water before it is too late,” said Pavel Chekhov, an intern at the institute.
This marks the beginning of another round of critical investigation into the recent outbreak of violence around the globe. With further research, the men and women at West Winds hope to find a cure for the afflicted and possibly prescribe warning signs for parents. Things to watch for and be wary of to prevent oxygen, food or water from becoming a problem for their children.