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Senator: NRA Blaming Violent Video Games is ‘Pathetic and Unacceptable’


California Democratic senator Leland Yee finds it rather “mind-boggling” the National Rifle Association would point the finger at video games in relation to the blame for the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

Just before Christmas, the NRA held a press conference in which they ascribed some of the blame for the tragedy that befell Newtown, CT to violent video games. Such reasoning has been heard before, but California senator Leland Yee thinks the NRA’s sudden finger-pointing is nothing more than an excuse to obfuscate the real issue.

“I find it mind-boggling that the NRA suddenly cares about the harmful effects of ultra-violent video games,” Yee said in a statement on his website. “When our law was before the Supreme Court — while several states, medical organizations, and child advocates submitted briefs in support of California’s efforts — the NRA was completely silent.”

Yee questioned the NRA’s methods even more, claiming the group is just trying to find a scapegoat. “Now, rather than face reality and be part of the solution to the widespread proliferation of assault weapons in America, they attempt to pass the buck,” Yee continued. “More guns are not the answer to protecting our children, as evident by the fact that armed guards weren’t enough to stop the tragedy at Columbine High School. The NRA’s response is pathetic and completely unacceptable.”

While Yee is far from the first senator to request a harder look at video games, as GameSpot pointed out, West Virginia’s Jay Rockefeller proposed a bill that would task the National Academy of Sciences with studying the effects violent games have on children. While media may always be the easiest to blame, at least these senators have the common sense to admit there should be comprehensive studies completed first before any real blame can be assigned.

What are your thoughts on video games always being the scapegoat?

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