NRA Blames Newtown Tragedy on Videogames

UPDATE: Senator Leland Yee (D-Ca.) has said that it is “mind-boggling” that the National Rifle Association “suddenly cares about the harmful effects of ultra-violent videogames.”

“I find it mind-boggling that the NRA suddenly cares about the harmful effects of ultra-violent video games. When our law was before the Supreme Court–while several states, medical organizations, and child advocates submitted briefs in support of California’s efforts–the NRA was completely silent,” he wrote in a statement on his website.

He went on to say the NRA are attempting to “pass the buck” adding: “More guns are not the answer to protecting our children, as evident by the fact that armed guards weren’t enough to stop the tragedy at Columbine High School,” Yee said. “The NRA’s response is pathetic and completely unacceptable.”

ORIGINAL STORY: In the NRA’s first press conference since the Newtown school shootings the gun lobby group placed blame for the tragedy on videogames and movies.

Wayne La Pierre, the organisation’s vice president, delivered the conference stating: “There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games with names like ‘Bulletstorm,’ ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ ‘Mortal Kombat,’ and ‘Splatterhouse‘.”

No guns are used in Splatterhouse while Mortal Kombat was first released 20 years ago. The NRA also released it’s own videogame, NRA: Gun Club, for the PlayStation 2.

Experts have questioned the connection between media and violence arguing that every generation blames the latest media on these types of atrocities.

In response to the Sandy Hook shootings Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV.) is introducing a bill to have the National Academy of Sciences study the effects of “violent videogames and other content” on children.

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