Brace yourself for another fresh wave of blame-shifting: the NRA’s executive vice president Wayne LaPierre has used a press conference overnight to blame games, music and TV for corrupting the youth of America and inciting them to violence.
“There exists in this country a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people,” claimed LaPierre. “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?”
For those playing along at home who’ve never heard of Kindergarten Killers, that’s because it’s a crude Flash game made by an 18-year-old UK dude from ten years ago. And nobody ever played it, because… see above.
But LaPierre isn’t finished yet.
“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,” said LaPierre. “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 then referred to the media as “silent enablers” and “co-conspirators” who “demonise” lawful gun owners and “fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking”. TV, newspapers, and even sites like this one are “caught up in a race to the bottom” and in fact competing with other media outlets “shock, violate, and offend every standard of civilized society.” Mmm.
I don’t even really have words for this sort of thing anymore. When the man behind the National Rifle Association thinks it’s music and video games which encourage and enable shooting in schools, and that the solution is to put more guns in schools, there’s just nothing to say. Let’s all just go back to sleep.
Source: Gamespot AU (thanks, PalZer0