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NRA condemns violent video games, films and music videos in wake of Connecticut shooting

By: Muhammad Qasim Hassan

  |   December 26th, 2012   |  
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National Rifle Association (NRA) points a finger at violent video games in wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Carrying a licensed gun is not a crime in America, or anywhere else for that matter, but that will not be the case if the protesters calling out for an all-out ban on guns in the society have their way.

Naturally, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is opposing such a ban, while at the same time asserting that the tragic shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14 is partially due to the prevalence of video games depicting gratuitous amount of violence.

“There exists in this country a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people,” NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said. “Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, and Splatterhouse.”

Using the like of Bulletstorm and Mortal Kombat as an example to make his point, the vice president of NRA Wayne LaPierre said that there are certain companies that are acting irresponsibly and sowing violence against its own people while pursuing their own selfish goals.

He also mentioned a game called Kindergarten Killer that, according to him, has been online for a decade now and yet nobody has ever reported it or tried to take it down.

“It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?” he stated.

LaPierre also lambasted the film and music industry, blaming them for preaching and glorifying violent acts and portraying them as a way of life, while portraying life itself as a joke.

He said that films and music videos full of violence and gore are placed under the banner of entertainment, when in actual they are nothing less than the filthiest form of pornography.

The NRA vice president argued that the media conglomerates are clearly competing with each other to “shock, violate, and offend every standard of civilized society.”

LaPierre held the national media, their corporate owners and stockholders guilty as well for the Connecticut shooting, referring to them as co-conspirators and silent enablers.

According to him, the media is spreading misinformation and demonising lawful gun owners, when in actual the real demon at the moment are the companies in video game industry, Hollywood and music industry that are preaching and glorifying violence.

West Virginia Democrat senator Jay Rockefeller has already introduced a bill in the Congress that, if approved, would task the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study the effect of violence in video games and other programming content on the minds and well-being of kids.