A Facebook event asking gamers to stop playing video console or online shooting games in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting is starting to gain momentum.
Antwand Pearman, the founder of GamerFitNation.com, has started an online event called a “day of ceasefire for online shooters,” asking gamers to stop playing first-person-shooter games like “Call of Duty” for 24 hours on Friday.
At this point there has been no reported connection between violent video games and Friday’s school shooting, and Pearman tells PC Magazine that “we are not blaming video games.”
Instead, Pearman is hoping gamers can “just put your controller down and show your love.”
In a video to fellow gamers, Pearman talks about growing up around guns. He wants to inform the world that in spite of his affinity for weapons and a love for violent video games, he and other gamers are sympathetic to the victims of gun violence.
“Since 26 people lost their lives, we can give up one day,” he said.
As of 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the event had 1,236 supporters.
Are you a fan of first person shooters? Will you consider putting down your controller this Friday, or do you think this is an empty gesture?