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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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Of course video games arnt the soul reason for mass shootings and events similar in nature. But we as gamers must be honest with ourselves. CoD, BF, and other fps are NOT good for the mentality of anybody. Theres a reason the worst online conversations are heard on these fps games. I cant play CoD without hearing racist, violent, rage filled comments. Not that fps's create these people but they certainly attract them more than any other genre. Sad thing is fps's are one of if not the most popular genre in games. Games like Mortal Kombat have an element of fantasy that in my mind isnt as bad as CoD or BF that has licensed guns and seems to be a military simulator. Impaling a four armed mutant isnt the same as an m16 final kill cam head shot. Just think of the Phrase ''kill cam''. If you wouldnt let your kid play a FPS then thats proof theres something wrong with them. Once again video games arnt the soul reason for tragedies. So i understand when gamers get offended at that accusation. But i urge gamers to not be overly defensive because there is truth there.
Finally some people with some sense, thank you ECA!!
The NRA is just playing desperate. Gun control is coming. Scape goat anyone you want, it's not gonna dissipate the assualt rifle out of that killer's hands.
I'm tired of people blaming videogames.
I am so sick of this crap. I am so sick of the NRA trying to shrug off any possible hint of blame. I know that this is a tragedy, and I know we all want an explanation, but I am tired of the video game community being used as the perpetual scapegoat.
They had to find something to blame for this incident.
So the NRA is going to point the finger at video games? Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Someone should tell them, neither do video games. Nice double standard NRA. Hypocrites!
Yeah, it's called common sense. Something politicians don't use even if they have it.
I support the NRA, but this just reeks of a desperate attempt to save his job.
LaPierre needs to continue stroking his rifle, and leave reasoning to mature people.
Was that game from Ubisoft or 2K or something. I don't remember playing anything where you walk into a school and start shooting kids.