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NRA Blames Video Games For Violent Culture, Then Sells You One!

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As raw emotion from the Sandy Hook aftermath evolves into a critical reexamination of our laws and culture, individuals and groups are already pointing fingers!

The NRA, for instance, holds the media, Hollywood, and video game companies partially responsible for the horrific shootings. Their solution? Circulate more guns!

The group's executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre spoke out of his ass Friday, saying:

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse."

Yelling "look over there!" and running for the hills would be an amusingly ineffective tactic, if it weren't for the sobering severity of the tragedy in Newton, CT.

Furthermore, blaming the video game industry for peddling guns to kids is hardly prudent when your association teamed up with Crave Entertainment to sell the game: Gun Club.

It even has the NRA stamp of approval right on the box (above)!

We understand a national conversation about the ridiculousness of owning AR-15s is band for your brand, Wayne, but when you're selling death them's the breaks.

[Image via Crave Entertaiment.]

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17 comments to “NRA Blames Video Games For Violent Culture, Then Sells You One!”

  1. jag says – reply to this


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    I am sure that all those techno teens playing all of those games are strong enough to hurl the cd's at such a force that they could easily slit someone's throat from a hundred feet right? Because unless that statement is correct I'm pretty sure those poor people were killed by someone with a gun!

  2. tempe says – reply to this


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    Enough of "Politics & Tragedy Perez". More celebriity news.

  3. raw says – reply to this


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    It is really amusing to see all of the knee jerk people running around after each tragedy, no matter If it was a terrorist attack or a shooting by a deranged psychopath. The problem isn't with guns, if you will think about it for a minute. Let's say there was gun control enacted and no one was allowed to own one. Do you for a minute think that all of the "bad" guys out there would turn in theirs? They already aren't allowed to own guns if they have records so why would they obey this law? Also, if someone is bent on killing, like the Colombine shooters or this nutcase in CT, then not having a gun would be absolutely no impediment. They could use a knife or baseball bat or make a bomb from easy to find instructions on the internet. No, gun control isn't the answer, its better and stronger regulations on psychiatric care and the ability of the state or family to put people who exhibit tendencies for violence in hospitals where they can be watched and kept from harming anyone. However, that will require people to realize that for the most part, these people cannot be cured and they will have to be institutionalized for the rest of their lives.



  4. 4

    I live in canada. I don't even know where to buy a regular handgun, let alone an assault rifle. You can't just go to a walmart here and buy guns. There fore, we don't have the extent of murders as our American counter-parts. Where I live, we currently hold the highest per capita muders…and I think its at like 30. 98% being organized crime related. We play the same video games. We have mental health issues which aren't being properly addressed. Why then do people think gun control is not the right answer?? Perhaps looking in from the outside, much as I am doing..I could be wrong. But that being said looking in from the outside, all you can do is shake your head…

  5. Aragorn says – reply to this


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    Stay out of politics Perez and stick to what your halfway decent at. Celebrities.

  6. teeter totter says – reply to this


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    Re: Aragorn – Thanks I agree. Gun control will never fly in the US, period.

  7. caravaggio_revolution! says – reply to this


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    HOW CONVENIENT… that this shooting happens before Obama was going to launch his supposed removal of all weapons in the United States? You know it's funny how they go after conservatives, republicans, NRA, etc,.. as the scapegoat works perfectly. TOO perfectly. The reason Americans bear arms goes back to 1775, when King George tried to take Americans right to bear arms and defend themselves, in an attempt to take over the Colonies and the United States. It happening again, and the European Royals are behind all of it, which includes Obama. The banks in the United States (New York) are all owned and controlled privately by European Banking Families and Royal houses of Europe, with the exception of Citibank owned by the Rockefeller family. Destroying our currency through derivatives trading going back to the late 1990s which still continues to this day, and then endless money printing destined to kill off the dollar and remove our wealth and savings. You people are FOOLS if you think there is a way out of $1.5 quadrillion in derivatives debt. Readying my AR-15's for the revolution in this country. The British are coming (monetarily)… and no one is paying attention.

  8. John85 says – reply to this


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    Sorry but this is just stupid to be brought up. For one, the game came out in 2006. Second,

  9. John85 says – reply to this


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    This is so stupid to be used in this argument. For one, the game came out in 2006. Secondly, it's a non violent shooter that is rated E for everyone. Just targets, no animals or people. Like someone else said, stick to what you're shitty at Perez, celebrity gossip.

  10. Susannah says – reply to this


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    Went to a party once, joined in on a video game, and was immediately horrified.
    Can't remember its name, but the entire objective was to drive around in a car SHOOTING AT AMBULANCES, COP CARS & CIVILIANS.
    Seriously. That was the entire game.
    (Highest point count was for the ambulance, if I recall correctly.)

    I have studied some of this shit in school, and highly suspect brainwashing tactics were included in the game. Anyone with epilepsy would have had a seizure. The mixture of graphics, colour and noise was used in order to activate various regions of the human brain. (And destroy and/or numb others.)
    I'm not kidding around here. These games enhance anger, they dull compassionate thought, and foster hatred. They are made for the sole purpose of creating rage in youth; to draw in kids who have trouble with authority and are considering gang membership, in the hopes that they will become raging, gun-toting drones.
    They don't always succeed, but I've seen the changes in various teens' approach to life, to problem-solving, and emotional expression after extended time playing this crap.

    As for Gun Club:
    I own a long bow and a hunting rifle, and have participated in target shooting competitions. Absolutely nothing about THAT makes me walk away with a severe headache, nightmares, and double vision.
    (That night when I got home, I puked my guts out for two hours, and couldn't see straight.)
    YES. I'm talking brainwashing, indeed.

  11. aquene says – reply to this


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    This is the most ignorant thing I've ever heard. Whenever some moron shoots a school up video games are automatically to blame for it. As a gamer, one who plays first person shooters such as COD, I've never ONCE thought about taking a gun to school and living out the situations. These people already have mental issues. Video games have nothing to do with it.

  12. Jacob says – reply to this


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    Re: Susannah – And you're willing to back all this stuff up with peer-reviewed studies are you? I also doubt there is any main-stream game out there (And I say main-stream because you said it was at a party) where the ultimate goal is to shoot at ambulances, cop cars & civilians. Unless you're meaning GTA and if that were the case there is no match maker regarding this setting.

    In short what I'm saying is… You're lying, everything you've said has no substational back up, and ultimately has no weight in what you're saying.

    Also ALL main-stream games that have shooting have a giant wearing both at the start and on the games-manual stating that some-one prone to seizure are not to be playing the game.



  13. 13

    The funniest thing is most people whining about AR's saying people people don't them probably don't even know what they are LOL



  14. 14

    in the game you shoot targets not people.

    Big fail on this thread Perez



  15. 15

    The NRA is correct.

  16. Will says – reply to this


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    Re: Susannah

    Is this comment for real? Show me the proof that says games enhance anger and foster hatred? I have played video games since I was probably about 7, I would say one of the first games I ever played was duck hunt. I have never killed a duck let alone a person, hell I haven't even been in a fight. There is no proof that links video games to violent crimes.

    Violence has been around for centuries, video games about 60-70 years.



  17. 17

    I love how I can always tell exactly which side of an argument Perez is on politically. Pro Obama, Pro ban guns. I can't reiterate the stupid cliche enough; guns don't kill people. People kill people. Just like forks and spoons don't make you fat.