A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

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Go Bloomberg

by evanmcmurry

As John Cassidy pointed out the other day, like or hate Mayor-for-life Bloomberg for whatever reasons you want—and there are arguments in both directions—but respect the man for standing up to the NRA and refusing to let gun control dissipate as a serious policy issue, an effort no better realized than in his counterpunch to Wayne LaPierre’s horrific press conference this morning.

The Value of Blaming Video Games For Mass Shootings

by evanmcmurry

Blaming video games for violence is so 1990s, yet there Mr. LaPierre was. Any port in a storm, I guess. But a commenter on WaPo’s transcript of LaPierre’s remarks shows the value of the impugning video games, even today:

The problem is with the media, the video gaming industry, and Hollywood moguls who backed Obama’s re-election campaign with the money made from violent games and movies; not the NRA or their stupid idea to arm teachers.

In one sentence, a man shooting 27 people with a bunch of guns he never should have had becomes Obama’s fault. I can’t imagine that anybody, even diehard gun advocates, honestly thinks violent video games played any role in the Newtown shooting. But they’ll eat up the image of Obama stuffing his pockets with blood money, whether or not it has anything to do with anything.