The NRA has kept pretty quiet regarding the recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut so as to keep attention as far away from them as possible. Now, they’re finally speaking up about the massacre, and in an unsurprising move, they’ve decided to point the blame at violent entertainment, including films, but specifically violent video games. In a press conference held earlier today, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre decided the root of the problem is violent media, saying “there exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people.” He then went on to call out “vicious” video games like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, and Splatterhouse, as well as “blood-soaked slasher films like American Psycho and Natural Born Killers.” More after the break.
This response is the NRA’s way of desperately trying to keep the focus off them after the tragedy in Newtown that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children and six adults. This desperation became even more obvious when he pointed to a screen that was playing a decade old flash game called “Kindergarten Killer,” as if that’s ultimate proof that video games are the reason these lunatics are going out and mass murdering people, and not the fact that these individuals have easy access to firearms and are very obviously unhinged.
Video games took the spotlight in his presentation, though he was sure to spread some of the blame to violent films and even music videos, which “are aired like propaganda loops on ‘Splatterdays’ and every day” along with “a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life.” LaPierre continued.
“And then they have the nerve to call it ‘entertainment,’” LaPierre added, “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’s solution? More guns in schools, of course. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he added. Watch this ghoul in action below.
I’d also like to add that other countries have violent movies, games, and music videos, but they also tighten their gun control laws after shootings like the one that took place in Newtown. This has led to significantly less gun-related violence. Pretty crazy idea, huh?
Unfortunately, while LaPierre was promoting guns, another shooting occurred in Pennsylvania. While the press conference was being held, 26-year-old Jeffrey Lee Michael of Hollidaysburg, PA shot and killed three people and injured five more before state troopers took him down.
I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before the NRA puts that on violent media, too.