Since the Connecticut elementary school shooting, the NRA has been quiet while the nation mourns over those who have lost their lives. The question is asked how do we deal with the problem to avoid it happening again?
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, has decided to blame everything else for not just the tragedy that happened in Connecticut, but every future and past incident due to explicit music, music videos, TV, and violent games like Mortal Kombat, Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto and Splatterhouse (the games are all rated M). There was one video video game that LaPierre mentioned, “Kindergarten Killer,” which was taken offline in the late 2000s.
“In a race to the bottom, many conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate, and offend every standard of civilized society, by bringing an even more toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty right into our homes,” LaPierre said.
But rather than working to improve gun control in the United States, the NRA stated the best way to deal with the problem is by putting “good guys” with guns in every school to stop the “bad guys”.
“How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame from a national media machine that rewards them with wall-to-wall attention and a sense of identity that they crave, while provoking others to try to make their mark,” LaPierre said. “A dozen more killers, a hundred more? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”
President Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban and pass legislation that would stop people from purchasing firearms from private sellers without a background check and limit sales of other weapons, which I think is a great idea, but the NRA is totally against.
This isn’t the first time the entertainment industry is blamed for shootings. Whenever a tragedy happens the usual targets are violent video games. When it was thought that Ryan Lanza was the killer, the first thing blamed was Mass Effect. Because of that, thousands of people attacked the Mass Effect FB page without no understanding of what happened.
I think the scarier part of all this is as people expected the assault weapon ban, others went out and bought as many as they can at stores, just so they could stock up on. You would think there would be a limit to how many you can have, especially with all these tragedies.