In response to the Sandy Hook shootings, NRA vice president Wayne LaPierre has caused an uproar by stating that video games like Mortal Kombat and Bulletstorm are responsible for Adam Lanza’s actions.
The National Rifle Association has taken an uncompromising stance on the Sandy Hook shootings, refusing to support any new gun laws and completely denying the possibility that guns are dangerous or inappropriate in the way they are currently accessible. NRA vice president Wayne LaPierre simply states that there should be armed guards at schools to keep further incidents from happening. His strange logic is that a good guy with a gun is the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun. This statement is completely avoiding the possibility that we can keep people like Adam Lanza from obtaining guns in the first place.
In further attempts to avoid the real issue, LaPierre blamed violent video games for the incident, though he has never spoken out against video games prior to this situation. He is clearly taking advantage of the fact that Adam Lanza played video games, and he’s usuing that to protect the NRA’s position on promoting firearm ownership.
This isn’t the first time the NRA has tried to avoid criticism and political action. After the Columbine shootings, the NRA showed little interest in making changes to ensure the safety of American citizens. Their strategy was to stall legislation long enough until the general population stopped caring. Though there was an effort to require background checks on unlicensed dealers, this kind of legislation did not come into effect because the NRA was unresponsive.
After the Virginia Tech shootings, the NRA showed the least concerns for safety and instead lobbied for minimizing restrictions on gun ownership for people with temporary medical conditions such as depression.
The NRA clearly does not have concerns for safety in a world of violence and easy access to dangerous weapons. It chooses to ignore the fact that it is taking a major role in providing quick and relentless methods of acting out on mental instabilities.