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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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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,

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.

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