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NRA Blames Video Games For Sandy Hook Shootings

Posted December 21, 2012 by Esteban Cuevas in News

Earlier today, the National Rifle Association (NRA) said that violent video games like Mortal Kombat and the Grand Theft Auto series were at least partly to blame for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people,” NRA executive vice president Wayne 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 Entertainment Consumers Association or ECA disagrees and a statement of from the vice president and general counsel for the ECA, Jennifer Mercurio, reads:

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.

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association that the state of California’s law that banned the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional. Not only are video games protected as free speech under the First Amendment, the Supreme Court found that there was no “compelling” link between violent video games and an effect on children.

With this statement from the NRA and the bill a West Virginia Senator has proposed to Congress, video games are once again being blamed for a tragidy in the country. Leave a comment below and tell us what you think about this turn of events in the effect video games have and the Sandy Hook shootings.

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