A week before Christmas, the nation was struck by a devastatingly horrific tragedy. The weeks that followed drove every person, with even the smallest soap box, to run out of the woodwork like roaches and give their two-cents on the topic.
Accusations arose, as they do when a tragedy strikes, that video games had a role to play. Long-time anti-gaming activist Jack Thompson was one such person to begin the crusade against games the following day from the tragedy. Even before it was known who the killer was or if he had ever even looked at a controller, the blame began to fall on video games and media.
As the nation fell in mourning, the NRA, or National Rifle Association, decided the best time to stretch their agenda would be a week from the shooting. Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice-President, spoke at a press conference on the shooting and, what they felt, was the reason for the event.
“There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people,” stated LaPierre. “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?”
Not only gamers were offended, but pretty much every person watching, reading or listening — including Penny Arcade’s creator’s Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.
In a one-off style, Tycho Brahe, Jerry’s alter-ego, looks into the readers eyes and expresses a sadness. Not a sadness for the callousness of LaPierre comments, but the content.
“It is a very odd sort of Patriot that would destroy the First Amendment to protect the Second.” The third box in the strip had Tycho look the readers in the face, forcing them to question what they had watched, read or heard from the NRA.
Fun Fact: On the PS2, some five-years-ago, the NRA had published a game titled “Gun Club” while “Kindergarten Killer” has been cancelled from it’s development some 10-years-plus now.
Source: Penny Arcade and Kotaku
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