Note: I submitted this to the San Diego Union Tribune under my real name. Neither is a copy of the other.
I have been seeing a lot of responses to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting of late and a number of them have me worried. As a young person who could be called a “geek” in most common parlance, I am uneasy that one of my own hobbies, video gaming as well as the culture surrounding it, has come under siege by those who believe that they represent an easy target in dire times. So I became resolved to write this piece as an attempt to clarify that, which is being manipulated to the base ends of these aggressors.