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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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That makes me loose alot of respect for the NRA. Groups like this don't need to point fingers at each other but rather support each other in a time like this.
Apparently the Exec VP of the NRA hasn't grown up with Video Games...
Thank you Ms. Mercurio for that excellent statement! Im sure it was awfully tempting to blame guns in return. We need to focus in mental illness for these things to end!!
Idoits in media all around @.@
if a person is mentally unstable enough, this *** is going to happen, there have been murders and violent crimes since the beginning of time. Stop playing the blame game. It's the mental stability or instability of the person that is the cause of this kind of thing. Parenting is also a part but good parenting cannot help someone who is truly and totally insane, that is why there are mental institutions!
eat that NRA
BOOM! That will shut up all this nonsense that Video games are to blame. What a ridiculous statement that was issued by the NRA, Great response ECA!
I'm for the NRA and gun ownership. But to blame mental disorders and crazy motha effers on video games is just plain ignorant and not based on facts.
That much blood from a eke to the crotch?
As always, correlation does not imply causation. As has been stated again, and again, and again ad nauseam.
There always gonna pull some crap like this.The case for this can be brought up all the time although there really is no real case (scapegoat for american maniacs).There are crazy people living around us leave video games alone and deal with them.
Wasn't this the same thing that called Mortak Kombat a shooter?
I'm glad the ECA is standing up for this. But I know this will be a long battle for them.