NRA Says Media, Video Games 'Sell And Sow Violence'

While calling for more 'armed security' around schools, an NRA leader finds media fingerprints at Newtown. Do media help breed violence? If so what do we do?


News accounts of a National Rifle Association press conference headlined the group's call for more armed civilians around schools, as an NRA leader argued that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

Friday's press event was the NRA's first response to the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT.

But less attention was paid to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre's attack on the media as a "callous . . . industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people."

This excerpt from LaPierre's statement, taken from a Washington Post transcript of the event, blasts:

"Vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse . . . . (and) . . . blood-soaked slasher films like "American Psycho" and "Natural Born Killers" . . .

. . . In a race to the bottom, media conglomerates compete with one another to shock, violate and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever-more-toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes — every minute of every day of every month of every year."

Do you agree with any part of LaPierre's critique? Do you think violent media can inspire violent acts? And, if so, what is out personal or public responsiility to prevent the products of vicarious violence from becoming the breeding ground for bloodly acts?

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Vernon S. Burton December 22, 2012 at 06:52 PM
As America's demographics shift ,folks like Fred and the other gun nuts see their automatic place at the head of the line vanishing. Fools like Fred cling to their guns and their myths. Fred's America is gone and it is not coming back.
Fred Eiger December 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Poor old Vermin, you savages will NEVER run and operate a civilized society. Why don't you types go out get a job, mow your lawns, take care of your homes, school your kids, and live like humans instead of blaming your backwardness on those who have intelligence. Passion, Welfare, the Easy Life, that's all Vernon and his kind can comprehend.
Paul Davis December 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Absolutely!... I agree and stand with the NRA... Come for my guns... Come armed... Heavely ...
Vernon S. Burton December 23, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Will you listen to all these dim bulbs screeching ,defiantly about the Government comming for their guns? Who is it going to be guys? The UN or the Black Panthers in their Black heliocopters. You bloviating, idiots have sh*T for brains and are to be ignored.
Paul Davis January 02, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Thought you had passed?... "Know what I Mean Vern"?...


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