NRA Links Connecticut Shooting To Violent Media

by Tim Turi on Dec 21, 2012 at 05:20 AM

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]