Gun Store Links Removed from EA's "Medal of Honor" Website
December 27, 2012 12:36 PM
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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.
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"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.
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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