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Games Journalist in Suspected Murder Suicide

Edge writes: "A former journalist for IGN, Ziff-Davis and Ultra Game Players has shot himself and his wife in an apparent murder-suicide.

Jason Montes, 33, of Sacramento was found dead by police at the home of his estranged wife in Concord, California on Sunday. His wife Serena Montes, 25, was fatally wounded at the location. According to police, Montes had called a friend to say he had shot his wife and planned to kill himself. The gun belonged to his father."

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Chris3993225d ago (Edited 3225d ago )

If you want to kill yourself, by all means. It's your life to do with as you please. I'm not condoning suicide, I think it's a coward's act. It's even more cowardly to take an innocent with you.

I know that Americans value their constitution, but gun-control legislation IS an issue. Crazy people would have a much harder time injuring themselves or others if the weapons to do so weren't so readily at hand. Shouldn't have a gun unless you're in law enforcement and/ or you pass some sort of psychological profiling test.

Would it have worked in this case? Who knows? But it certainly would have worked in many others.

Guns make things too easy to just "point and kill". Life isn't a video-game. Choosing between someone's life and death should never be that simple.

- C

killax35633225d ago

Americans will never give up their guns.....ever. If you want strict gun control or if you want them taken out of ppl's hands completely then move to another country. Its that simple.

Your ranting and raving about it is going to make zero difference.

Americans like guns.

SAiOSiN3225d ago

@killax
i thought chris's comment was spot on. people should not be able hold guns. they simply cannot control themselves enough to be able to have them in their possession. guns are not the problem. people are.

Chris3993225d ago (Edited 3225d ago )

So, I live in the right country for my political/ social views. In our largest City, Toronto - population 3 million or more - we have between 7 and 12 gun related murders per year. Some of these murders are accidental and/ or manslaughter, not just homicides.

Compare that to New York and you'll see where I'm coming from.

- C

P.S. Again with the phantom disagrees. This is an interesting topic, if you have something to contribute, by all means do so. I would rather hear your thoughts on the matter than a drive-by "disagree".

Oner3225d ago

Gun "Laws" only restrict the abiding citizens as criminals don't adhere to "Laws". I have a Criminal Justice Degree, have been an officer as well as have my CWP and carry DAILY. I am a law abiding citizen with no criminal history or record....and I'm an American who values EVERY SINGLE right (not just some, ALL) I have been allowed by our founding fathers.

You worry about your own country's crime and/or whatever. But don't think you have any kind of say or proper view in any of our laws and rights. What this person did is horrible and yes he got the gun from his Father; but if he couldn't he would just have found another way to do complete his ultimate goal illegally or even with a knife or his bare hands to harm his estranged wife. He wanted to accomplish something and nothing was going to change that fact.

Chris3993225d ago (Edited 3225d ago )

Criminals will have access to guns whether or not there is legislation, so that point is moot. General loonies, however, would not. Would this man have killed his ex-wife if he didn't have access to the gun? Who knows? If this was a crime of passion, having to improvise would have made things difficult.

You realize that you're defending a constitution that was drafted hundreds of years ago. Societies change, they evolve. The same rules of survival that governed people in those times do not exists now. We do not struggle against nature, but ourselves.

Oh, and my grandpa lives in Detroit and I have a large percentage of my family living in the states, so I will worry about the affairs of "another country" - especially one who's politics and social network is so thoroughly ingrained with mine. What an arrogant thing to suggest that because I live outside the U.S. I should have no opinion or investment in the affairs of a Nation.

I have family in Detroit, friends in NY, even a few in New Orleans. The Native part of my blood is Cherokee, guess where that's from? THE STATES.

The world is a global place, and the U.S. is a part of that. They are not exempt from criticism. Hopefully Obama shakes things up a bit.

- C

BrianC62343225d ago (Edited 3224d ago )

This has nothing to do with guns. He could have beat her to death or used a knife. Please don't clutter the story up with some anti-gun propaganda. I don't own any guns myself but I get tired of this kind of nonsense. Get rid of guns in the US and criminals will still have them and people will still find ways to kill.

Looks like a couple commie libs disagree with me. Poor little babies. Just stating the facts. This guy would have found a way to kill his ex-wife. I'm not a gun nut but I don't think getting rid of guns will stop people like this from killing. Anyone who does feel that way should say we need to get rid of videogames since they give people ideas on killing or breaking the law.

Chris3993224d ago (Edited 3224d ago )

In which scenario do you see yourself as having a higher survival rate?

A.) Man comes at you with a knife.
B.) Man opens fire on you with a gun.

Now your likely answer (and most gun lobbyists) would be that you should have a gun yourself so that you could fire back at the attacker. Ignoring the accidental loss of human life in that scenario from collateral damage, that's basically a draw, so let's move on.

How many stories have we heard of accidental shootings this year?

http://www.dallasnews.com/s...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id...

Pulled those as the first hits off of Google; recent, both of them.

Now how many of accidental knifings?

...

You see, the weapon DOES MATTER. There is nothing on this Earth short of a nuke, natural disaster or God's Great Will that can take life with such rampant, quick disregard.

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people," is BS.

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people USING GUNS," is more appropriate.

You can defend the Constitution all you want, but in the end, to most of the World and many of your countrymen you look barbaric. You can bury your head in the sand and talk about "educating" and " courses" for gun owners all you want, and people are still being shot in the head.

Ignoring a reality doesn't make it go away.

Anyhoo, this is a fascinating topic and while I worry about my loved ones in the U.S., I sure am grateful for where I live.

I may disagree with some of you, but that's the beauty of democracy, lots of different opinions :)

Peace to you all,
- C

Oner3224d ago (Edited 3224d ago )

Posted below also

You don't know what you are talking about. Americans have the right to bear arms as a deterrent to oppression by the government. It's not about "amassing" anything or somehow comparing it to "cold war mentality" BS. So while the literal states

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

And this encompasses protection of oneself in this manner. Look, I am not going to get into a big long winded discussion of I am right you are wrong or the other way around. But it is obvious you are not an American so please don't try and rationalize/trivialize OUR Rights. I wouldn't even attempt to disrespect or do the same to you and your countrymen.

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farhsa20083225d ago

completely agree pal, americans and their GUNS!

sajj3163225d ago

Correction ... stupid American (singular) taking his father's gun and shooting himself and his wife. As an American I value the life of another human being so you can't generalize.

dragunrising3225d ago

What I think is somewhat ironic is that in Europe, guns are not a right in themselves yet the various governments fear the people. In America, we have the right to bear arms and fear our government.

However, it is illogical to think guns are to blame and not the person. If he was as mentally ill to do such a crime, he would have found another means to do it. Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

Condolences to the family.

JoyiusHammer3225d ago

Does to someone. Drives them insane that they go on shooting themselves. Har har har.

P4KY B3225d ago

Well if was a choice between sitting through the dialogue in a Capcom game or death. I think he chose the easy option.

SAiOSiN3225d ago

i'd rather listen to capcom dialogue rather than final fantasy...or anything square enix for that matter.

P4KY B3225d ago

@SAiOSiN

Normally I would agree. But play Ace Combat 6 or try and watch the new Resident Evil film (I had to turn it off) and you may change your mind.

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Gambus Kahn3225d ago

You can't put the blame on guns, I personally own one. I feel that it is an american right to own a firearm, and take a concelle-carry course. Guns are good for home protection and personal defence. If the goverment takes guns from its citizens then only the bad-guys will have them. Education is the key.

I will pray for the man's family. Very sad.

Chris3993225d ago (Edited 3225d ago )

The criminals that you are referring to that purchase guns off the black market will exists with or without gun-legislation. In reference to the article we are talking about average looney-joe who decides to put a bullet in the head of his ex-wife. Or Tommy the disgruntled, emo teenager who has had enough of life and takes it upon himself to commit a school slaughter.

The idea that we must amass arms because other people have them is ludicrous. We're going back to Cold War mentality here. Do you live in a high-crime ghetto or demilitarized zone? Are you in any sort of daily, direct danger?

If the answer is "no" to any of these questions, then you really shouldn't have guns in your possession. A "just in case" mentality is the result of a fear-mongering media.

Most people can go their entire lives without a single act of criminal violence. Imagine how many people who do experience the grim reality of violence could be spared if guns were not in the hands of average Joe.

I'm not some bleeding heart liberal, I'm actually a country-born Conservative. My father was an Albertan farmer, we had ONE rifle and ONE box of shells. My father brought it out for wolf-season and locked it away - padlock and all - for the rest of the year. When the wolves stopped coming around (about the time I went off to Uni), he ditched the gun, never to be seen again.

That gun had a purpose, not some fanciful "I might need to defend myself SOMEDAY from SOMETHING" reasoning.

My father, rest his soul, is perhaps the best example of gun-control that I can think of.

And yes, condolences to the family indeed. The media often forgets about the people who are affected in these "stories", focusing more on the stories themselves.

-C

P.S. I'm not trying to argue, just offering my opinion. Respect to you for stating your opinion in a clear, concise manner - even if we have differing views.

Oner3224d ago (Edited 3224d ago )

You don't know what you are talking about. Americans have the right to bear arms as a deterrent to oppression by the government. It's not about "amassing" anything or somehow comparing it to "cold war mentality" BS. So while the literal states

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

And this encompasses protection of oneself in this manner. Look, I am not going to get into a big long winded discussion of I am right you are wrong or the other way around. But it is obvious you are not an American so please don't try and rationalize/trivialize OUR Rights. I wouldn't even attempt to disrespect or do the same to you and your countrymen.

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