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Recent shootings were the cause for removing the links

Electronic Arts, better known as EA, has pulled the links to real weapon sales sites from its "Medal of Honor" Web page. EA's "Medal of Honor" site has traditionally partnered with weapons companies, since the game features these real weapons available for purchase.

The reason behind this is pretty obvious if you've heard about recent shootings in the U.S. The most recent occurred in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school where 26 children and school staff were killed by gunfire. Before that, a man shot and killed many people in an Aurora, Colorado theater.

Due to these recent tragedies, the National Rifle Association pointed the finger at movies and video games for adding to the culture of violence in the U.S.

"There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people," said NRA vice president Wayne LaPierre.

"Medal of Honor" was originally published by EA Games in 1999, where much of the series takes place in World War II. The newer versions mainly focus on modern warfare.

Back in 2010, the "Medal of Honor" was banned from the military due to multiplayer Taliban characters featured in the game. Just last month, seven Navy SEALs were charged and punished for releasing confidential information to EA during the making of "Medal of Honor: Warfighter." The seven Navy SEALs consist of two Senior Chief Special Operators and five Chief Special Operators, which all received letters of reprimand and a cut of half their pay for two months.

Sources: BBC News, SeattlePI



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Ridiculous...
By Jeff7181 on 12/27/2012 1:21:23 PM , Rating: 3
Remove the ads because EA is morally opposed to guns, fine. But remove the ads because of the shooting? F*&%king ridiculous.

I can't express how irritating all these reactions are. People are losing their minds and on their way to changing the Constitution because some nut job killed a bunch of people/kids. And the only reason it's happening is because all of the anti-gun zealots saw an opportunity to push their agenda, and the masses will follow because (as demonstrated by the recent election) they lack forethought.




RE: Ridiculous...
By spamreader1 on 12/27/2012 2:36:33 PM , Rating: 1
ditto


RE: Ridiculous...
By bupkus on 12/27/2012 3:38:19 PM , Rating: 2
</sarcasm>

Sentimental twits

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RE: Ridiculous...
By Armageddonite on 12/28/2012 9:26:40 AM , Rating: 3
You put an end tag at beginning and end...just saying. :p


RE: Ridiculous...
By Boze on 12/27/2012 2:53:59 PM , Rating: 2
The masses will follow because they are afraid and they have no sense of scale.

26 people died that day.

Every 7 seconds someone in United States dies, from something. Car accident, electrical shock, old age, heart disease, aneurysm, etc.

Where is the outrage for them? There is none. Because those deaths are all commonplace. We've become accustomed to them. No one is accustomed to 26 people being shot to death by 1 crazy psychopath.

And therein lies the problem. People fail to understand the concept of outliers. With such an enormous population, people are going to be murdered constantly in this nation. Its not a failing of the Constitution, or of federal, state, city and local laws. Its just good old-fashioned human nature.

Its only been a few hundred thousand years since we became Homo sapiens sapiens. Yet people think we're going to shake off our evolutionary bonds immediately.

Its not forethought that people lack. Its emotional control. Sometimes bad shit happens, and there's no reason for it. The universe gave you a shitty hand.


RE: Ridiculous...
By 91TTZ on 12/27/2012 3:00:22 PM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. People are bad at figuring out probability especially when they learn about stuff on the news.


RE: Ridiculous...
By bupkus on 12/27/2012 3:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
26 irrelevant data points on the curve of a graph. </sarcasm>


RE: Ridiculous...
By kyuuketsuki on 12/27/2012 4:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
Don't be an idiot. It's not about marginalizing a tragedy, it's about pointing out that some idiot going to a school and shooting people doesn't necessarily point to some massive failure of the government or prove that guns are an evil that must be abolished.

26 people dead is sad, no question. We should know what happened and what can be done to prevent a similar tragedy in the future (although the answer may be that we can't do anything, short of living in a police state, but that just makes for different tragedies). It doens't mean there's some epidemic of gun violence or violence at schools that we must immediately use as an excuse to throw the constitution out the window.


RE: Ridiculous...
By bupkus on 12/27/2012 5:46:41 PM , Rating: 1
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although the answer may be that we can't do anything, short of living in a police state
Yes, indeed, you're hand guns and rifles will single-handedly stop the roll out of a police state. Never mind the possibility of the entire nation going on strike including the police. Thank god for your little pea shooters. Those swat teams and attack helicopters haven't a chance.


RE: Ridiculous...
By Asetha on 12/28/2012 7:57:26 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, they don't, considering that there are about 200,000 police on duty at any given time, and 200 million+ guns owned by citizens.


RE: Ridiculous...
By WinstonSmith on 12/28/2012 9:38:43 AM , Rating: 2
"Yes, indeed, you're hand guns and rifles will single-handedly stop the roll out of a police state."

No, what he meant was that short of living in a police state where all private guns are confiscated, there will be no stopping gun violence.


RE: Ridiculous...
By V-Money on 12/28/2012 12:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No, what he meant was that short of living in a police state where all private guns are confiscated, there will be no stopping gun violence.


What's even funnier is that even if this unlikely scenario ever were to happen people would just use other form of weapons like bombs or napalm, they are surprisingly easy to make. Then when a maternity ward or nursery gets obliterated by some other psychopath and there is no way to stop it (hard to defend against a bomb) the only silver lining these clowns have is that "well, it wasn't a gun massacre".

More to the point though, owning weapons is guaranteed in the constitution, and whether you like it or not, watching movies or even going to school is not. My point being there are risks in everything that we do in life, if you aren't willing to take them, then don't. As a previous poster mentioned, there are psychopaths and there will be unfortunate events like this, but banning guns isn't the solution. If we go that route we might as well ban cars that go over 75MPH, meals that are greater than 400-600 calories depending on your size, all fast food and desserts, and television/computers/forms of stationary entertainment. All of those cause more deaths than guns, its the only logical solution right.


RE: Ridiculous...
By bupkus on 12/28/2012 3:00:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If we go that route we might as well ban cars that go over 75MPH, meals that are greater than 400-600 calories depending on your size, all fast food and desserts, and television/computers/forms of stationary entertainment. All of those cause more deaths than guns, its the only logical solution right.
Yes, it is indeed a slippery slope.


RE: Ridiculous...
By Webreviews on 12/28/2012 5:24:08 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Yes, it is indeed a slippery slope.


We should ban slippery slopes. Very dangerous those things.


RE: Ridiculous...
By FlyBri on 12/27/2012 4:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's actually pretty nearsighted to say that some people who want gun reform have no sense of scale. While it's true many people in the U.S. die almost every other second from something, looking just at gun violence and gun homicide statistics, they clearly show that we have a much larger problem with it here in the U.S. compared to other developed nations.

And your comment about there being no outrage for people dying of car accidents, electrical shock, old age, heart disease, aneurysm, etc. is just IGNORANT. Why is there not as much outrage at those compared to what happened in CT? Because what happened in CT was a deliberate act of aggravated violence on other innocent human beings -- big difference there you are completely failing to acknowledge.

And the only thing in your list that you can make any kind of argument for (if you wanted to) is the example is car accidents. But even with that, constant new regulations and advances in car safety have helped reduce fatalities.

And many people aren't failing to understand the concept of outliers -- it's actually you who fails to understand the concept. As I said, look at the statistics -- and not just overall numbers (as you so simply suggested that people are looking at), but how many gun homicides per 100,000, for example. That way, you are looking at things proportionately -- comparing apples to apples. Looking at those statistics, you can see there is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with.

So, while I believe there are arguments that can be made on both sides of this issue, your argument just falls flat.


RE: Ridiculous...
By Asetha on 12/28/2012 9:04:00 AM , Rating: 2
The statistics are heavily skewed by a concentration of gun murders in several small areas of key cities. 78% of all murders occur in 3% of the counties, all of which have been struggling with drug gang wars. Areas in which gun ownership is the highest (# of guns pp) have the lowest gun murder rates, 75% of which are zero. Gun ownership rates are not correlated to gun murder rates. An easy figure of gun murders/100k are meaningless unless you break that data down.


RE: Ridiculous...
By Just Tom on 12/30/2012 1:00:21 PM , Rating: 1
The highest murder rate in the nation is Louisiana followed by Mississippi followed by New Mexico followed South Carolina followed by Alabama. With the possible exception of New Mexico and drug gangs none of these states are known for rampant gang violence. None have robust gun laws.

There is in fact a positive correlation. From wiki, the data is easy to find if you don't trust wiki,

quote:
States in the highest quartile for gun ownership had homicide rates 114% higher than states in the lowest quartile of gun ownership.[81] Non-gun-related homicide rates were not significantly associated with rates of firearm ownership


There has been no causal link established between gun ownership and homicides. But to say that areas with more guns have lower murder rates is just plain wrong.


RE: Ridiculous...
By WinstonSmith on 12/28/2012 9:37:14 AM , Rating: 3
"While it's true many people in the U.S. die almost every other second from something, looking just at gun violence and gun homicide statistics, they clearly show that we have a much larger problem with it here in the U.S. compared to other developed nations."

Worldwide in 2010, there were a total of five school murder rampages, all in China, all carried out with KNIVES and BATS. A total of 21 children were killed and 85 wounded. School rampages, as tragic as they are, are EXTREMELY rare events and with no ARMED security present, they can be horribly carried out successfully with only knives and bats.

There were 38,364 suicides in the US in 2010. The CDC states that suicide is the leading cause of violent death in the US. There have been 14,612 murders in the US in 2011 of which 9,903 involved firearms, about half of those involving African-American males between the age of 14 and 25.

So, unless you are an African-American male in that age group, you are nearly EIGHT TIMES more likely to intentionally KILL YOURSELF than you are to be killed by someone else using a firearm and the statistical odds that you or anyone else is going to be killed with an AR-15 "assault rifle" are absolutely MINUSCULE.


RE: Ridiculous...
By Rasputin814 on 12/27/2012 10:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
except those every 7 seconds, somebody is dieing of something like a car accident, a terminal sickness. This is preventable. For those who are against strict gun laws, I want to ask you, have you guys left the country before? I almost always feel safer when traveling to a foreign city than in my home city in philadelphia. I'm not afraid that some crazy on the street might pull a gun on me if i say anything that might remotely offend him.


RE: Ridiculous...
By room200 on 12/27/2012 3:25:06 PM , Rating: 3
Really? Anti-gun zealots? Wasn't it the head of the NRA who got on television last week and blamed videogames?


RE: Ridiculous...
By marvdmartian on 12/27/2012 4:30:42 PM , Rating: 2
Just more knee jerk political correctness, is all this is. No worse than the stories of investment groups suddenly deciding to sell off their shares of the company that made the weapon used in the school shooting.

Sadly, it seems to be the direction the entire country has been headed into, for the past few years. Never mind common sense, so long as you're politically correct!


RE: Ridiculous...
By dark matter on 12/27/2012 7:10:17 PM , Rating: 1
You sound like a proper nutjob yourself mate. I'd be happy to see your right to an assault rifle taken away.

If you react like that because a company decides to follow PR advice, so not to attract attention to itself, then God help anyone in your path if you get really pissed at something.

Relax, take a deep breath. Jerk.


RE: Ridiculous...
By MZperX on 1/2/2013 11:56:55 AM , Rating: 2
Project much? Actually, you sound like an unstable person what with being glad about the prospect of people losing their rights? That's pretty sick you know. Would you be glad about us losing our right to free speech, or the right to worship as our conscience dictates, or the right to not be subjected to warrantless search & seizure? Or perhaps you would rejoice about people losing their right to vote? See what your statements above make you sound like? A pretty disturbed individual... The 2nd Amendment is no less important than any of the others. That's why it's in the Bill of Rights and that's why it will stay there. Millions of our countrymen and women fought, bled, and died to protect it for us and future generations. Or are you saying their lives were meaningless?


RE: Ridiculous...
By WinstonSmith on 12/28/2012 9:48:38 AM , Rating: 2
"People are losing their minds and on their way to changing the Constitution because some nut job killed a bunch of people/kids."

They can't lose what they don't have. The educational system doesn't train people properly in the learned skill of critical thinking. That sort of thing comes from familiarity with the sciences, subjects far too many avoid because they're "too difficult."

Add to that a sensationalist, profit-driven media that, like vultures with an agenda, milk everything and only encourage copy-cat events, and you end up with thoughtless, knee-jerk reactions from herds and "fixes" that fix nothing.

"Imagine how stupid the average person is. Then realize that half of them are even stupider than that." - George Carlin


RE: Ridiculous...
By Spookster on 12/28/2012 1:59:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
"There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people," said NRA vice president Wayne LaPierre.


Yeah it's called the NRA. Considering 74% of the NRA funding comes from the firearms industry that sounds about right.


RE: Ridiculous...
By Donkey2008 on 12/29/2012 3:15:04 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
...(as demonstrated by the recent election) they lack forethought.

...(as demonstrated after the last election) the people who voted for the loser are still whining.


"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)














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