The ECA Issues Statement on the Tragic School Shootings in Newtown, Connecticut

The Entertainment Consumers Association has issued a statement today on the tragic shooting on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that resulted in the death of 20 children, six adults at the school, the shooter and his mother.

You can read the entire statement below:


I’d like to begin by gratefully thanking all of the people, organizations and partners, who have shared their heart-felt thoughts and concerns about the well-being of ECA staff, family and friends given the proximity of our office in Wilton to Newtown. I am relieved to report that none of us, or our immediate families, suffered any losses of life. Unfortunately, many of us had friends and their families who did. As we try to work through things, we appreciate that there are many people who have had visceral reactions to the news and that we are all having the same discussions that countless millions must be having about important issues such a gun laws, mental health, school security and emergency response.

Regarding media requests for a statement about what role violent media (movies, music, games, etc.) has played, I’d simply and respectfully point to the lack of evidence to support any causal link. As our local law enforcement – involving most of the surrounding towns – work in concert with state and federal authorities, we will likely learn more about all involved and perhaps even more clarity about the murderer, his health and family. But until there are any details that point to media-related blame, it’s premature to make any such assumptions.

The facts in the case remain stark and horrifying, but they are very few and far between. Initial reports about Connecticut’s supposedly lax gun laws were quickly dispelled once reports began circulating that our state leads the nation in regulation, restrictions, safety and training. Similarly, early speculation that weapons were unsecured in the family’s home were replaced with the reality that they were locked. Examples of this sort may be the new normal in a time with Internet-speed reporting and in that case it is and will be incumbent upon us to wait before judging and be responsible and pragmatic in digesting the overwhelming information.

On behalf of our staff, consultants, friends and families, thank you for your thoughts and prayers – they are deeply appreciated.

Hal Halpin, President

[Full disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]

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    jedidethfreak says:

    And this is despite any gun control efforts.  Did you know that the 12 states in the US that allow conceal-and-carry have seen significant and immediate drops in all forms of crime since their conceal-and-carry laws went into effect?

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    No Obama has done nothing to guns and weapons law yet everyone is still buying like crazy because they think the all mighty 3rd rail of politics will be touched. It won't it never will, least with not marital law and total suspension of the constitution .

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    Craig R. says:

    More and more, jedi sounds like one of the ones we should be worried about.

    And if you want elaboration: gun nuts who run with every conspiracy theory about how this is 'Murica and nothing is more important than their guns are a bigger threat to this country than any terrorist out there.

    Guns not only need to go, but the gung-ho gun culture that people like jedi apparently feel that they need to have to survive.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Gun laws more need we not. Abettment and aid be charged the mother should. Proactive laws…. politician fap fodder it is it is….


    On a side note crazy like being famous, the media should not mention them much if at all.

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    NyuRena says:

    "But until there are any details that point to media-related blame, it’s premature to make any such assumptions."

    When I read that line, the first thing I thought of was 24 hours "news" networks damned near glorifying this act by giving it such non stop coverage. I mean, if you are already at the stage where shooting your mother and yourself is acceptable, but realize that all you have to do is go on a shooting spree to get massive infamy and non-stop attention, how easy is that next step?

    I feel the media vultures are only hurting the families more.

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    Thomas Riordan says:

    Of course the media is doing more damage than good. It seems every other news story over the past 5 days has been related to this. All it's doing is sensationalizing the whole event and fueling copycats. So this one killed 20 children and look how famous it's making him, the next one is going to be thinking well I need to kill 30 children before I shoot myself in the head so I'm famous but I don't spend the rest of my life getting raped in prison. It's not even a matter of surviving to know that you're famous any more because you know if you commit a crime heinous enough the media will keep fueling the fire until everyone knows your name.

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