ECA Responds To NRA Blaming Sandy Hook On Video Games

by Matthew Kato on Dec 21, 2012 at 06:03 AM

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.