Published December 21, 2012
Citing popular video games like “Grand Theft Auto” and “Bulletstorm,” NRA head Wayne LaPierre decried the violence in popular movies and video games, saying that such “entertainment” is “aired like propaganda films on splatterdays.”
Following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre, national attention has been turned back to the effect that popular but ultraviolent video games are having on children and young men like Adam Lanza, who was known by his friends to be a gamer. In its first press conference since the killings, NRA executive vice president LaPierre blamed not guns but virtual guns.
“There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting 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.’”
In addition to the more popular games, LaPierre cited a game called “Kindergarten Killers,” in which a janitor goes on a rampage and shoots children.
“It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research staff can find it, and all of yours couldn’t -- or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it?”
The readily accessible game, programmed in Shockwave, was first created in 2002 by Gary Short, a 19 year old English student, according to a cached version of the ZSOA.com website hosted on archive.org.
Kindergarten Killers is currently hosted on dozens of gaming websites, which themselves carry thousands of Flash or Shockwave games, not necessarily violent ones.
“Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?” LaPierre said.