People Have Always Blamed Entertainment For Violence, Motion Picture Association CEO Says

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | February 20, 2013 | 12:30 PM EST

The CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) says it's predictable that the NRA is blaming gun violence on movies and video games, because blaming entertainment for tragedy is nothing new.

On February 15, 2013 MPAA Chairman and CEO and former Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) spoke at the National Press Club on the state of the motion picture industry. During the question and answer segment, Dodd was asked if it was "fair" for the National Rifle Association (NRA) to claim violent video games and movies are factors.

Dodd characterized NRA's comments as "predictable.' At the time, it was not known that Lanza may have been motivated by games.

"Well, it's sort of predictable in a way. If you go back over the years, there were people who suggested that comic books were the reason for people doing this before any of this existed. If you go back and look at the history, every time some of these things happen, there's kind of a lurching from time to time to suggest that this is the root cause of the problems," Dodd said, adding that role of mental health should be examined.

Two months after the shooting tragedy, police are now saying Adam Lanza may have been acting scenes from violent video games when he opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

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