Featuring a photograph of Aaron Alexis, the man who killed more than ten people in a highly secure military base in Washington DC this week, playing what we imagine is a Madden football game the UK's Daily Telegraph opts for the headline: "Aaron Alexis: Washington navy yard gunman 'obsessed with violent video games."
You would have thought that someone that 'obsessed' would possibly have lead to the paper gathering at least one photo of him playing a violent video game. Instead it reports, "Alexis, 34, who was shot dead on Monday after killing 13 people at Washington's Navy Yard, also carried a .45 handgun tucked in his trousers with no holster "everywhere he went" because he believed people would try to steal his belongings." But it's games not guns that make the headline.The lengthy report,
which also contorts itself regarding the fact that, "The addiction to violent video games and guns was at odds with his devout commitment to Buddhism, which saw Alexis spending half the day every Sunday meditating at the Wat Busayadhammvanaram temple in Fort Worth, Texas over a period of several year..." appeared online today.
The nearest it comes to actually mentioning this headlining obsession?
"The darker side to Alexis's character saw him playing violent "zombie" video games in his room, sometimes from 12.30pm until 4.30am." Yes, 'sometimes'.