It was bound to happen—that people would start pointing fingers and assigning blame after the school shooting at Sandy Hooke Elementary School left 26 people dead, including 20 children. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has joined the great video games debate and released a statement, which places the blame for the shooting on the effects of violent video games. Violent Hollywood movies are also to blame in the mass school shooting, according to a report on Deadline.com on December 21, 2012.
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NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre said this about the matter
there exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse.
LaPierre joins a host of politicians who are anxious to put the blame on video game violence as a cause of the Sandy Hook tragedy. U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller has put forth legislation that, according to GamerInformer.com would
would task the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study to determine whether or not violent video games causes aggressive or violent behavior in children.
However, an informal study of the issue released by The Washington Post in the days after the Sandy Hook tragedy essentially puts the kibosh on that argument. In looking at the 20 countries that have high video games sales, there is no real direct correlation found between high gun-related deaths and people owning violent video games.
However, The Washington Post report doesn’t represent a formal study, and even if the new study proposed by Rockefeller makes the same conclusion, it is unlikely that the argument against these games will end given how strongly people feel about the subject on both sides of the aisle.
Sources: Deadline.com, GameInformer.com
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