NRA's Unhinged Response To Newtown Blames Flash Game

Reports suggested that the US National Rifle Association, backed into a corner since a gun massacre last week killed 20 six-year-olds and seven-year-olds, would come out swinging at video games and other violent entertainment in a news conference today, and boy, they did not disappoint.

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president, gave a teeth-sucking condemnation of "vicious, violent video games, with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse."

LaPierre then, as if presenting some undiscovered trump card showing video games' depravity, gestured toward a screen playing a game called "Kindergarten Killer," a flash game that has been online for at least 10 years and last made news in 2008, when a Finnish game site pulled it following a school shooting in that country.

"Isn't fantasising about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography," LaPierre said.

LaPierre, in a shaking voice throughout the entire news conference, at times sounded like he didn't believe what he had been handed to read. The NRA's public face also blamed the creation of gun-free school zones for giving deranged killers the assurance that they could carry out mass murder against unarmed targets.

He seemed to argue for more armed personnel in school, if not teachers then security guards. "Why is a gun good to protect president or country, but bad when used to prot children in schools?" he asked rhetorically.


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    While guns are not the entire problem, they are at least part of the problem. That's something the NRA never wants to EVER admit. The idea that there might be too many guns in America, the idea that you might need SOME gun regulation, is an idea that they instantly reject.

    So they have to blame others - the media, video games, bad parenting - they blame everyone but themselves. Now, true, there are other parts of society that contribute to school shootings, but to claim that guns have NO impact in ANY way, is a little bit ludicrous.

    And as for the idea that putting armed guards in schools - isn't that a little bit of that famous "big government" they so despise? And would it really help? When school shootings start, the killer often doesn't warn the school before hand. Besides, you can't post a guard everywhere in society - you'd reduce school shootings, but what about Mall shootings? Park Shootings? Or are the NRA suggesting that we go EVERYWHERE armed with guns - to family picnics, to the shopping mall, to the post office? I don't want to live in such a society, and the idea that everyone is carrying guns around at all times is scary, because frankly, people lose their temper and fire their gun in anger.

    And if a sick culture is to blame, well, the NRA is partly responsible for such a culture. They have created and maintained a culture where the gun is a symbol of manhood and power, where the gun is seen as a "badass" thing, where danger lurks around every corner. Have you seen gun trade-shows? It's filled with advertisements depicting guns as some sort of juvenile power-fantasy. Big tough men posing like badasses with their assault rifles while skimpy models drape their arms around them - stuff like that. They too, have created a culture which praises gun ownership AND gun use. They're always going on about "responsible" gun ownership, but in reality, they're little more than boys drooling over their big deadly toys.

    I'd wager that gamers are, on the whole, just as or even more responsible and mature than most "YEEEEE-HAH!" gun owners.

    Last edited 22/12/12 1:46 pm

      And in return, you have done the exact same thing.

        it's a vicious cycle.

        It's a very different scenario, however. In games, everything is fictional. There is no risk of a game ever being used to blow someone's head off. Games, if anything, provide a situation in which anger and stress can be vented, provide an escape from a reality in which problems abound into one where the player has far more control of the situation. It takes a sick and disturbed mind to then translate what goes on in the game to justifying real-life actions. However, the gun culture provided by the NRA promotes gun ownership, promotes the rights and the means of these disturbed individuals to enact these delusions. And that is just what they are: delusions of an ill mind.

        Providing means for a gun to find its way into the hands of a mentally ill person, illnesses that are becoming more and more prevalent in this day and age as the population increases and the genes responsible for the illness are more common, is just plain irresponsible. Depression is becoming more prevalent as the genetic sequences coding for the chemical imbalances in the brain that result in depression become more widespread. Whilst recessive genes that code for a particular mental illness may have once been suppressed in the widespread population by geography or segregation of social or even racial groups, these genes have become far more widely distributed throughout the global population as a whole, resulting in increased frequency of the inheritence of both alleles resulting in that illness. Increased mental illness in a population will invariably result in increased risk to the society as a whole. Now if you place ready access to guns or other such weapons in that society, then it is just a matter of time before something horrific happens.

        Please note, I'm not saying guns are responsible for these events. Guns are, at the end of the day, just a tool. I'm saying the lack of regulation that allows mentally disturbed individuals to acquire such tools is responsible. And it is the NRA and other pro-gun groups and political entities that help fight this regulation that would make their society safer as a whole.

    “Isn’t fantasising about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography,” LaPierre said.
    Better to have a 'murder simulator' game as an outlet than to go shoot up a school in real life just because you were wondering what it'd be like.

    The NRA's spiel is akin to eye for an eye, and it's hilarious that it basically promotes the idea of people shooting anyone they might think is a 'bad guy'...

    "Only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun."
    Is another quote I heard from one of them on the news yesterday, maybe the same guy in question for all I know.

    How about not making it so bloody easy for the bad guys to HAVE the guns in the first place?
    Nobody dies from gunshots that way.

      Again, though, they continue to take virtual actions out of the context of the story. I have never played any game, ever, that promotes infatuation of murder by gunplay. Until they admit to themselves, that they are actually out of context, we will continue to hear this rhetoric.

    Clutching at straws here,

    Blaming a flash game comparing to the rest of the video games industry is no different than blaming the US film industry for a Youtube video

    “Isn’t fantasising about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography,” LaPierre said.

    Man, you can tell this guy's never been to Japan.

    It's really ridiculous that the pussies at the NRA would so blatantly scapegoat video games and movies. It's got nothing to do with entertainment, it's the metal instability of the guy and the easy access to powerful weapons in the USA. Civilians don't need guns that are designed to be efficient at killing heaps of people.

    It's odd that they wish to destroy the first amendment to protect the second.

    http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/12/21

    (1st is Free Speech, 2nd is the Right to Bear Arms)

      unfortunately, these are the sorts of people that HOPE for the opportunity to use their gun on another person without fear of consequences, you really expect them to support something (in this case, free speech) that reduces the chances of this happening.

    Problem: too many guns in the hands of the wrong people. Solution: MOAR GUNS.

    We have the same shooters and the same porn and the same movies in Australia, so why don't we have massacres?

    Man. FOX News really knows how to start an Shit-storm of lies and deceit! They have no credibility, yet they can single handedly influence the entire, mainstream media. People eat it up. nnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeeeeooooowwww here come's the FOX Plane!

    I need a gun to DEFEND me and my property. Now, I want that ASSAULT rifle!

      Man I need to get myself a Tank, every home owner around me purchased an Assault Rifle.

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