Blurred lines: No, not the song, video games that promote guns like the one used in Newtown massacre


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In the horrific Newtown massacre, Adam Lanza used the specific gun that was featured in Call of Duty, the video game that he played.

This is not to say video games should be blamed for gun deaths, even though the NRA is doing just that as gun manufacturers (the NRA's lifeline) are entering into licensing agreements with video game companies to showcase real guns. Because, you know, those games aren't lifelike enough already.

We know that they've already been promoting specific, lethal brands to children, such as Adam Lanza's Bushmaster:

And here's a bonus link, just to illustrate how precious these goons think life is... outside the womb: VIDEO: NRA convention speaker advises parents to store guns in kids’ rooms.

So hey, with all those Guns for Tots sales, who needs video games, right? Apparently gun zealots who use them to market deadly firearms to little kids do.

As part of a longer term effort to get the NRA, gun manufacturers, and their lobbyists where it hurts, in their wallets, Connecticut Speaker Brendan Sharkey, a Dem, has been instrumental in pushing strong gun legislation through the state legislature... and getting Republicans to join him (!).

Kudos! Here is part of a press release that goes into more detail:

CT State House Speaker Urges Video Game Industry To Stop Promoting Guns Like One Used In Newtown Massacre

Connecticut’s State House Speaker urged video game industry leaders to stop using their products to promote military grade firearms, saying they were recklessly blurring the line between fiction and reality and endangering people’s lives.

In a letter sent to three company chief executives and the Entertainment Software Association, Speaker Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) said the video game industry needed to end all licensing and product placement agreements with arms manufacturers. Such deals, he said, were “nefarious” and may have contributed to last December’s massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown.

“Games designed to recreate the experience of wartime carnage and criminal violence constitute protected speech under the provisions of the First Amendment,” Sharkey wrote. “But there is little to be said in defense of an industry-wide practice of arranging licensing deals with gun manufacturers for the rights to use the make, model and visual design specifications of their real-life weapons.

Adam Lanza, who killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was an avid player of Activision’s game Call of Duty and used a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle featured in the game.

Sharkey has since played a leading role in pushing gun safety legislation through the Connecticut legislature.

“The industry practice of video game publishers entering into licensing, marketing or other financial arrangements to feature real guns in their games,” he added, “blurs the lines between fiction and reality in ways that can have tragic consequences.”

A report published in June by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and The Gun Truth Project detailed how deals between video game companies and weapons manufacturers often lead to promotional campaigns enticing players to purchase weapons featured in the games they have just played.

Sharkey echoed the report’s call to end such deals. He noted that Electronic Arts, one of the biggest companies in the field, has already done so as a matter of company policy and he urged EA’s competitors to follow suit.