NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press Conference on Newtown School Shooting

December 21, 2012 -

The National Rifle Association held a press conference this morning defending guns rights and pointing the finger at big media. They also called for a national program for schools that would train school officials on how to best protect educational institutions. The program would use local volunteers and participation would be up to local communities and school boards.

But the gist of what we're interested in covering, is the gun lobby's attack on "violent media." Below is the part of the press conference where Wayne LaPierre (executive vice president of the National Rifle Association) aims his guns at movies, video games, and the media conglomerates that he claims give them cover:

"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. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?

Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like "American Psycho" and "Natural Born Killers" that are aired like propaganda loops on "Splatterdays" and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it "entertainment."

But is that what it really is? Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?

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.

A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.

And throughout it all, too many in our national media … their corporate owners … and their stockholders … act as silent enablers, if not complicit co-conspirators. Rather than face their own moral failings, the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away."

You can see the entire transcript of the press conference here (PDF). We will have more on this story as it develops including reaction from various lobbying groups, the media and the public.


Comments

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

Alright. Fine then. I'll say what I've been saying.

 

It's the NRA's fault that this and Aurora happened.

 

Because aren't they the ones that promote, sell and defend the use of almost any firearm in existence? Aren't they the ones that preach "This is 'Murica! Anyone and everyone should own a gun!"?  

Even some years ago, I read an article from them somewhat "demanding" gun reform take on the subject that people shouldn't have get background checks, licenses and the like necessary to own a firearm.

"It doesn't matter who's got the bigger stick. What's matters is how you swing it"

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

 

*headdeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddesk*

 

 

I can't take this shit anymore! I've pretty much been on a news blackout since this happened and I'm going to continue to be so... The NRA and other lobbying groups with politicians in their pockets need to go the **** away.

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

Well done NRA! Straight out of the "Stalling Inconvenient Topics 101" text book of PR spin.

The Massacre Chaser got about a decade's worth of airtime for his campaign. And he was a certifiable moron.

It should be easy for the NRA to get two or three decades with this tactic. Just keep on throwing money and bullshit on it. It'll work just fine.

I do have to wonder, though, if this is what NRA thinks is "meaningful discussion" on this topic or is the meaningful part coming sometime later.

But well done, NRA, well done.

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

Bit interesting that they actually decided to start spouting this talking point too. That "violent media" they're referring to is one that frequently glorifies the guns they so love to talk about so passionately. They've, in effect, shot their biggest ad company in the arm with this.

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

"But is that what it really is? Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?"

I can absolutely guarantee that people who are at firing ranges are fantasizing about killing people.  I'm not sure what world this man lives in when he can imagine that NRA members are only thinking about shooting game and bulls-eye targetry.  

In fact, isn't one of the reasons for the existence of the NRA to maintain rights enshrined in the 2nd Amendment, rights that surround the ability of people to form a militia?  And wouldn't a militia most likely be required to shoot at and kill people?  So, by NRA logic, they exist to promote and maintain "the filthiest form of pornography."

The NRA: America's Leader in Filthy, Violent Pornography (The NRA approves this message)

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

I can absolutely guarantee that people who are at firing ranges are fantasizing about killing people.

Really? You can guarantee that absolutely? You have read the minds of every person to have ever fired a gun at a gun range. You have certifiable proof of said mind reading and the results of said mind reading? If not, then you are talking out your butt.

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

I think he meant it more as a "some are" rather than "everyone is" sorta deal. You know, the whole anyone can cook, but not everyone can?

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

And yet again in the culture of violence argument they Ignore good old Canada here. We get almost exactly the same media as the U.S.A.. We have the same movies, TV shows, video games, music and much of the same media coverage. Strange how the primary difference is lack of an advocacy group that believes that arming teachers and kindergartners makes schools safer.

Doing a quick look at wikipedia, theres about 1/3 guns per capita in Canada than compared to the US, surprisingly there's also about a 1/3 of the homicide rate in Canada again compared to the US. As much as we Canadians are loathe to admit it, Canada and the US are probably the 2 most culturally similar countries in the world. The primary difference seems to be our politics rather than anything cultural.

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?

But killing unarmed animals and mounting them on your wall isn't? Before you go questioning anyone else's depraved morality you should have a good look at your own. The only difference is not only are you teaching children how to kill but also providing them with the tools to do so.

A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.

Really? Funny I grew up in America and I've yet to witness a single murder. Are we just making up facts again?

And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?

Well, that's gonna get an increase in downloads now isn't it? You look hard enough you can find something to support your own idiocy. Funny, you have to look to a game made by some kid in his basement and then point the finger at mainstream media. Yeah, I'm sure the ESA really looked hard for that gem just like you promote every time one of your members goes on a killing spree. Oh right, you don't.

They also called for a national program for schools that would train school officials on how to best protect educational institutions. The program would use local volunteers and participation would be up to local communities and school boards.

Good plan in part. Since this is the NRA we're talking about I'm sure these will be armed guards right. Because you know arming people who volunteer to guard the school really just opens the door right up for the next nut job and you're giving them the guns. You can't trust the people you're expecting to guard the schools any more than you can random person off of the street.

If someone wants to do this bad enough they're going to do it no matter what you ban or how limited the access to guns becomes. If you honestly don't believe that people aren't cunning enough to volunteer, get you to give them a gun and then go on a killing spree in the school then you're an idiot. After all it seems every time this type of thing happens everyone says "he was such a nice guy" so either nice guys are extremely dangerous or complete assholes are really good actors.

Re: NRA Points Finger at Culture of Violent Media at Press ...

Using a flash game as your "proof" at how horrible gaming can be and the levels it will go for levels of violence like what he is trying to show is no better than saying a poorly written short story someone threw online should allow for the banning of books and such.

I understand the tragedy of what has happened here, but this game of pointing fingers does nothing but hide any possible facts while making the whole situation another pointless act of sensationalism that nothing can come from.  All the while these people that argue are using it as a push to boost their membership drives for their different groups.  So while they claim to be concerned and trying to save everyone, they are profiting off of this and gun sales have actually jumped up.

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