It has been little more than just a week since the terrible, terrible events of ‘Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.’ Ever since then much of the debate in the United States has been of gun ownership laws and how guns are readily available.
There had not been any sort of response from the NRA (National Rifle Association) that was until yesterday. For any readers who may not know NRA is a non-profit American organization that vigorously supports firearm ownership rights across the States.
NRA VP, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, hosted a press conference and in it; he identified the ‘real culprit’ of the ghastly tragedy; the videogames industry. These were his exact words:
There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting 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.’
Furthermore, he did not stop there but went on to describe the videogames in such a manner:
Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?
This is not the first time the video game industry has been blamed after a mass shooting incident. I’m sure that all of you remember the Virginia Tech Massacre and the subsequent debate surrounding videogames that transpired in the wake of that sad incident.
In fact, putting the blame on the video game industry after a well-publicized crime has become the natural order of affairs. However, this is certainly the first-time anyone has described videogames as ‘filthiest form of pornography.’
To get your ‘kicks’ by fantasizing about killing other people is a disturbing thought indeed and gamers all around the world should be outraged for being labeled as closeted perverted mass murderers.
At least, this is how I interpret Mr. Wayne LaPierre statement, and I believe there is no other way to translate it.
Most video games these days have some degree of violence in them but is it justifiable to blame an entire community because of the actions of a single mentally ill person? Moreover, what about games like the Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid or Heavy Rain?
Sure all three of these games have violence in them but all three of them also tell tales of friendship, love and most importantly kindness.
Like any form of good art, good video games, I believe only depict the realities of the world without any of its restraints. It is not the mirror’s fault that you do not like the reflection.
I agree that most children these days are being exposed to too much violence through video games. However, is it really the video games’ fault? Age restrictions are clearly mentioned on every video game in the market these days.
If you still buy your 10-13 year olds Black Ops 2 then that is simply bad parenting, isn’t it?
When it comes to adults, I don’t think that any sane one would go on a shooting spree just because he plays violent video games, irrespective of the fact, whether he owns a gun or not.
It baffles me that ill-informed people keep on piling up the blame on the video games. These same people first put the blame on movies before that on rap music, going all the way back to the Woodstock in 69 and surely beyond that too.
Fault of failing to recognize the danger beforehand, in this case the mental state of Adam Lanza, should not simply be averted by holding video games responsible for his vile crime. And oh, what was Mr. LaPierre’s solution after portraying video games the real culprits of the Sandy Hook tragedy?
NRA solution to extinguishing the fire is; adding more fuel to it. They want to have an armed person in every school in America.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
This theory was presented by Mr. Wayne LaPierre in the same press conference. Funnily enough, his theory is exactly the same we see being applied in all the violent video games; he so vehemently opposes. He might as well have said that statement in a Kratos voice.
My question to him is this. What if the government imposes stricter laws on gun ownership? So that, it is only the good guy, who can have a gun with him. Instead having an all-out gun fest between two parties wouldn’t it be better to avoid it all together?
In the end, on the behalf of all the SegmentNext Staff, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to all the affected families of this tragedy. May these holidays bring all people who have lost a loved one, some peace and patience.