21 December 2012 8:26 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In its first public statement after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association today blamed “blood-soaked films” and video games as a large part of the problem of gun violence in America. “And they call it entertainment,” said NRA VP Wayne Lapierre in a public statement. He referred to violent films as “the filthiest form of pornography.” He named Hollywood’s “corporate masters” and films such as 2000′s American Psycho and 1994’s Natural Born Killers as glorifying violence. Lapierre added that “there exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people, through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse.” Related: Opinion: NRA’s Anti-Hollywood Stance An Assault On Our Intelligence Lapierre said that one way to prevent tragedies like the one in Newtown would be to promote gun »

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