NRA Uses Video Games As Scapegoat For Newtown Tragedy
I won't comment because in the bigger scheme of things, from the most general societal and philosophical standpoint, the man definitely has a point.
It seems the National Rifle Association was in need of something to blame in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting tragedy. And they found it in...well, just about every form of current entertainment, especially video games.
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre is now on the record saying that violent games are at least partially to blame, and he cites a few of the bloodiest available:
"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?"
However, he didn't stop there, as he decided to go after both movies and music; both industries have come under fire in the past several decades for supposedly promoting bad behavior:
"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?"
LaPierre finished by saying that the media, the ones responsible for those games, films, and music, are all caught up in a "race to the bottom" and are only competing to "shock, violate, and offend every standard of civilized society." Well, that's a little harsh but it's hard to see it any other way.
12/21/2012 10:53:03 PM Ben Dutka