Wayne LaPierre’s NRA presser was my favorite outlandish media performance of the last month or so. In case you missed it (or just want to revisit) here are the Top Ten Craziest Quote From The NRA Press Conference courtesy of ThinkProgress. So according to LaPierre, the apparent cause of gun violence in America is… movies and video games. From the 90s. Raiden and Sub-Zero are causing people to go on shooting sprees through the game they are in with no shooting whatsoever. Pierre was also completely incensed that the media hasn’t reported on Kindergarten Killer, a crap game no one plays.
Laura Hudson at Wired:
This is an especially ridiculous demonstration of LaPierre’s point, not only because Kindergarten Killer is an amateur game that pretty much no one ever played, but also because its gameplay features students firing back at the shooter with firearms of their own. It is actually the vision of the world the NRA says will save us: the one where all of us are armed and ready to take down potential mass murderers, wielding bullets against bullets in a firearm version of rock-paper-scissors.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said LaPierre at the conference, a line that it’s not too difficult to imagine hearing in the voice of Duke Nukem.
With references to Mortal Kombat and Natural Born Killers it felt like this could have been the NRA’s response to the Columbine shootings. Hell, maybe it was. Expect remarks on Newtown in 2022, when a decrepit but rich LaPierre condemns the murderous influence of Halo 3 and Django Unchained. Surely there will still be regular massacres to address.