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Earlier today, National Rifle Association (NRA) executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said that violent video games like Mortal Kombat and the Grand Theft Auto series were at least partly to blame for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) begs to differ.
A statement by Jennifer Mercurio, vice president & general counsel for the ECA reads:
"We agree with the Supreme Court's decisions, and the volumes of scientific research, which all clearly state that there is no causal link between media violence and real life violence. As we are all learning increasingly through the news, this is a situation of the perpetrator's mental disorders, and his family's inability to adequately deal with them in time. Our hearts remain with all those suffering in the aftermath of this horrendous crime."
Last year the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association that the state of California's law banning the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional. Apart from video games' protection as speech under the First Amendment, the Supreme Court found that there was no "compelling" link between violent video games and an effect on children.
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Attention NRA: An official statement from gamers and non-gamers alike.
(Clears throat, straightens tie)
GO GET F#%KED!
That is all.
when someone goes in and kills a bunch of people with nothing but Wii nunchucks and game disc`s i will agree with games taking the blame but until then STFU.
NRA looking for any excuse to step out of the limelight in the wake of this tragedy definitely picked the wrong scapegoat here.
I just don't understand why everytime something like this happens, people try to partially blame it on the entertainment industry and want to completely ignore the mental aspect of it. Like the VP said, there have been numerous studies done on the subject and the end result shows no casual link between the two. People that do these horrid things have a violent personality to begin with in my opinion. I also think that it is common sense that a violent person is going to surround themselves with violent things in their life (violent video games, guns, violent movies, drugs, etcetera etcetera). I mean wouldn't you think a sports type of person would surround themeselves with sports games, sports movies, sporting events? Wouldn't you think a person that really likes space would surround themselves with space games, space movies, telescopes, things like that? I just don't think "well he was really into shooting video games so that must be what triggered this rampage." is a valid argument ever.
Its about time someone with some authority speaks out in defense. Its easy to pick on something or someone who does not speak back, but who will the media blame now that the industry has shown no real link to violence and video games?
Good to see some people have their heads on straight
Man, the NRA really loves to spin stuff in their favor.
Yawn. Nothings gonna happen. Scapegoat Land.
I REMEMBER when music got blamed every time someone did this kind of thing or committed suicide. i guess murder has everything to do with entertainment and nothing to do with being crazy and having assault weapons.
First board of education, now this. You go brown.........
Agreed, having a number of guns around someone with a mental illness seems like a poor idea. It doesn't matter what kind of media he ingested, perhaps what the NRA should be looking at is the background check his mother went through to get those guns, apparently failed to take note of her home situation. Just because the person buying the gun never committed a violent crime, doesn't mean people around them who would have access to the guns aren't capable. So maybe we should institute even stricter gun laws, since it was a video game that killed those people. But I'm sure the NRA has no interest in that.
Finally someone who speaks the truth lol!
In video games I have shot people, ran over people, decapitate people, slaughter people.
I have never commit a crime in my life in real life.
The thought of actually killing people in real life disgusts me to no end.
I am pretty sure video games don't affect people's minds, it's just people who are stupid enough to believe that they do.
Wait......the NRA.......the people who shout at the top of any mountain or soapbox they can not to "Take our guns away" and "guns dont kill people, people kill people" are trying to say "guns dont kill people, video games kill people". Really? How stupid are these gun licking morons. I'm all for a person's right to bear arms. I understand the reasoning behind it. But dont try to pass the buck and do to gaming what others have tried to do to guns, throw them under the proverbial bus. Idiots
Yea I'm pretty sure the violent video games that exist had nothing to do with the fact that some people are just mentally ill.
am now a ECA fan...
why do people always instantly blame video games for crimes? violent video game may desensitize you toward violence but it doesnt turn you into a killer. if you see something enough you get desensitized to it rather is violence or what ever. I grew up playing ultimate moretal kombat 3, and i play the newer Mortal kombat on my 360. I also have the halos and the devil may crys. you dont see me trying to beat up my friends or stab them to death with my pocket knife. violent media isnt the problem but they always want something to point at and blame. but still they have a rating system for a reason, kids cant buy M game by themselves and thats good, and if the parents want to buy it for the kids well let them, if you ask me a little kid shouldnt play M..even thou i did. to me they're to young for it, i hide my M games when my nephew comes over.
Another absurd notion pointed at violent video games. I thought we were past this already.