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  •  Just for that contrast, within a few short (33+ / 0-)

    days after the December 14th shooting in Connecticut, the outgoing Senator - on the Monday after the Friday, I believe - came out very, very strongly against video games.

    That was his response to the tragedy.  Video games.

    And on the video game front, when it someone going to point out the fact that Wayne LaPierre lamenting the existence of video games that often promote various firearms that his underwriters in the gun manufacturing lobby build and sell is a bullshit game of crocodile tears - because LaPierre knows full well that he can attack those games (which are advertisement for his products) without actually ever preventing them from being sold.

    Welcome Mr. Murphy.  

    •  And don't forget (6+ / 0-)

      The NRA's own video game, released January 14 (yes, exactly 1 month after Newtown). It was not only "rated" for ages 4 and up, but also features  shooting at human sized coffins with targets in the middle of the "chest." It lets you buy firearm expansion packs, such as M-16, AK-47, and more.  

      The Apple store changed the age rating to 12 and up.

      So, if, as they claim, video shooting games cause this kind of violence, and they claim to be against such games, why did they release one of their own?

      •  The media is complicit (0+ / 0-)

        where the NRA is concerned - largely because the NRA has so intimidated any attempts at moderation for so long and has gotten their PR machine so single mindedly focused on obliterating all arguments that might slow down gun sales.

        When anything gun related is covered in the news, the reporting inevitably has to check in with NRA sources, as if they are somehow the arbiters of some eternal value. When they have lost touch with even their own membership - 82% agree with universal background checks - and so clearly represent the gun manufacturers above all others, it's obvious they have lost the moral authority to influence more than their own deepest pocketed believers.

        That rigid idealogues like Grover Norquist, sitting on their Board, claim the NRA as righteous and defensible, it's no wonder the protests of LaPierre sound so shrill. They come from the patriarchal insistence that they are not to be questioned, that their place at the table is a divine right, and their voice in the discussion holds more weight and importance than the rest.

        Their whole modus operandi has been built around these assumptions for a couple generations now, with a growing inertia. And now the game is wearing thin and the players tired of the old rules. The media is waking up to the scam, and the crowd is leaving the theatre.

        The NRA no longer serves (if it ever did) its members, and for the networks and media companies to cover it as if it actually REPRESENTS the so-called membership list, this PR trick has pretty much run its course.

        Time to let it go.

        "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

        by Beastly Fool on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:07:27 AM PST

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    •  Yeah, that video game rant (1+ / 0-)
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      betelgeux

      sure made me turn sour on him right quick.  Not sure where that is coming from, or if he's going to repeat it again, but I sure hope not.

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