The Sandy Hook school shootings may have triggered a storm of political fervor for gun control laws, but there are those who are determined to distract us with tried-and-true diversions – most notably, blaming everything except for the ability to take human life.
It began, once again, with NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s by-now infamous statement last month: “There exists in this country, sadly, 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 staff can find it, and all yours couldn’t, or didn’t want anyone to know you’ve found it?”
The next salvo came in a CNN interview with Tennesee representative Marsha Blackburn claiming to be “shocked” by the level of violence in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. And last week, Vice President Joe Biden held a meeting with representatives and researchers of the video game industry as part of his ongoing campaign to reduce gun violence in the United States. Even the representatives of the International Game Developers Association admitted responsibilities to help curb gun violence, though they persistently (and rightfully so, given the contradictory evidence) refuse to acknowledge fault.