The NRA is Still On Its Anti-Video Game BS

The NRA is Still On Its Anti-Video Game BS

Sick video games are creating sick kids says NRA speaker.

The National Rifle Association held its annual conference over the weekend, and halfway into another year with high-profile mass shootings, the NRA has once again chosen to blame violent video games.

NRA speaker Dave Grossman, a former U.S. Army Ranger, author of the 1999 booke, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill, and professor of "killology," told the crowd that video games were creating a generation of killers.

Doom, a violent video game.

"This stuff is worldwide," Grossman told the crowd according to ThinkProgress. "Folks, I want you to understand this is not business as usual. Around the planet children are committing crimes like no one's ever seen before in human history." The cause? Grossman says video games.

"It's not about the guns, the guns have always been there. It's the sick movies and the sick TV shows and especially the sick video games around the planet that are creating sick, sick kids."

The NRA has an extensive history blaming violent video games for gun violence. During a roundtable meeting with video game industry leaders earlier this year President Donald Trump echoed the NRA and seemed to blame violent video games after a shooting in Parkland, Florida. He even showed a short video clip of violent moments in games to drive his point.

However, as we've also covered previously, there is no science that concretely links real-world violence to video games. That research has been pushed forward by video game advocates like the ESA many times.

That hasn't stopped Grossman or the NRA from going back to the well of violent video games whenever the organization needs a cause for another mass shooting. And Grossman probably won't stop either.

In a follow-up interview with ThinkProgress following his talk, Grossman expanded on his thoughts on violent video games saying, "What we've got is this dynamic of that sick media," referring to video games. "It's our export to the world. This media violence creates a twisted representation that it's a mean world out there and I gotta go out there and get mine."

Grossman adds, "You gotta ask yourself what's the new factor... It's not exporting our military, it's exporting our sick movies and our sick TV shows and especially our sick video games."

For more, you can read our history of the NRA blaming violent video games deep dive.

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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