I guess it was too much to expect the NRA to actually respond to a national tragedy with any modicum of sense.
As I said on Facebook, here’s what he names as causing this kind of violence:
- Mortal Kombat, a game series that hasn’t been relevant in well over a decade. And also, is about hand-to-hand fighting, not gun violence.
- Splatterhouse, an old video game franchise that got a revival game in 2010 which I don’t think anybody played. And is also a combat-oriented game, which doesn’t appear to have guns.
- Bulletstorm, a game that is a silly sci-fi comedy. (If anybody is seriously affected by a game where you get bonus points for shooting enemies in their genitalia, they’d lost touch with reality a long time ago.)
- Grand Theft Auto, a game that is ALWAYS blamed for violence by people who have never played it. Incidentally, if you think the ability to shoot random people in the game encourages people to do so in reality, you must not have seen how the police come after you for doing so.
He also blamed two movies by name: “American Psycho,” which is 12 years old, and “Natural Born Killers,” which is 18 years old. (Both of which, it should be mentioned, were meant to be satires. They may have failed at that, but that’s what they were intended to be.) Apparently, more recent movies like “The Expendables” do not encourage gun violence.*
At no point are guns mentioned as a bad influence. To paraphrase “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” guns are blameless, holy creatures!
And to cap it all off, he explains what will prevent school shootings: Armed guards at schools! Because bringing MORE guns into school is a good idea! And it’s sure to be affordable to hire guards for every school in America (seriously, he said that) when we can barely be bothered to pay our teachers, and it’s not like we have a recession or anything happening! And surely anybody who thinks of shooting a school will not do so because of armed guards on campus, and most certainly wouldn’t shoot them first!
* Truth be told, I had a hard time coming up with a recent, popular movie that featured extensive gun violence. I’m not sure whether that reflects how Hollywood movies are getting away from it, or just the fact that superhero movies are now more common than carbon.