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NRA Levels Blame at Violent Movies & Games For Shooting Incidents

December 21, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

The NRA is going all-in on blaming forms of entertainment for the recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre issued a statement on the NRA’s official site corresponding with a press release held earlier today, acknowledging that violent crime is on the rise and pointing the finger at Hollywood and video game companies.

LaPierre said in his statement (which you can read in full here), “There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people. 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 department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?”

He adds, “Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like American Psycho and Natural Born Killers that are aired like propaganda loops on ‘Splatterdays’ and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it ‘entertainment.’ But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography? In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year.”

LaPierre claimed, “A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.”

He went on to call for Congress to place armed police officers in every school to ensure the safety of children and “make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.”

Jennifer Mercurio, vice president & general counsel at the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), issued the following statement in response to the NRA statement:

“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.”


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