Chairman of the MPAA: NRA Blaming Video Games And Movies 'Predictable'
On February 15, 2013 Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and former Sen. 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, in which he stated that their response was 'predictable'. At this 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 happens there's kind of a lurching from time to time to suggest that this is the root cause of the problems,"Dodd says. He then goes on to say that mental health should be a main focus.