The NRA Blames Video Games For School Shootings. Sigh

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The NRA just wasted its chance at redemption and used its highly anticipated press conference to shift the blame to video games, and insinuate about a conspiracy to downplay the role of violent media. “There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people,” cried NRA Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, in a fear-stoking extended rant against the media. The news media sees a lot of mea culpa press conferences, which are usually a healthy mix of humility, resolve, and a bit of ass-covering justification. The NRA’s brazen deflection on to video games will surely become a case study in what not to do.

Not five short paragraphs into his speech, the NRA laid out its plan to protect children: more guns. Specifically, hire retired security personnel to stand guard at schools. “Now, the National Rifle Association…

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