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The National Rifle Association held a press conference this morning in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, blames violent games, movies, and music videos for such tragic events.
"There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people," LaPierre says. "Through vicious violent video games, with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here's one: It's called Kindergarten Killers. it's been online for 10 years. How come my research staff can find it, and all yours couldn't, or didn't want anyone to know you've found it?"
The NRA exec also fingers movies like American Psycho and Natural Born Killers as catalysts for real-life violence. He describes “bloodsoaked” films such as these and violent music videos “pornographic.” LaPierre asserts that the entertainment companies producing this media are complicit in crimes such as the Sandy Hook shooting.
He went on to argue that gun-free zones act as clues to where killers can “inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. He says "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” and questions why we don’t protect schools with armed guards like we do banks and other civil establishments.
[Sources: Polygon, NRA]
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There was a recent study that showed that the US had 15 of the 25 worst mass shootings in the past 50 years. Finland with 2 was the only other developed country with more than one. Japan, where games may be even more popular than they are in the US, had a grand total of zero on that list. So, how exactly are games, music or movies a real factor in these shootings?
I agree in that violence is seen everywhere, from the news, movies, games, it's all over.
But to pass the blame around to another medium, to make yours less targeted, is pretty damned low.
Shame on the NRA.
Let me see, gun's kill people, correction, people with guns kill people, people with video games, play video games. While we're at it, did the killer like music, was it Ozzy? Then let's blame Ozzy!
Everyone is pointing fingers because it is easy. Maybe problems like this aren't so simple. MAYBE, it isn't simply because we have the right to bear arms that this happened. Maybe it isn't simply because Violence is enforced in our culture and entertainment, but GOD FORBID if any of our kids see sex or a boob in there entertainment. MAYBE, a part of it is a collective apathy and a fear to appear to care about things, like reporting crazies and maybe our Gov is so big and inefficient that getting real help for crazy/sociopath/psychopaths is near impossible. And just maybe, out of the 300,000,000+ people living in our country, some of them are intent on murder and are clever and will accomplish it by any means necessary.
"Kindergarten Killers", a game I feel no one has ever heard of, looks like it was made in MS Paint. It's also like probably a Newgrounds game or something. That's practically inadmissible.