osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Now THIS Is How a Professional Lobby Stonewalls!

Some weeks ago, I had some harsh words for NRA on their response to the Sandy Hook tragedy.

So this week, Obama ordered National Academy of Sciences to do yet-another-study on the impact of violent video games, television, movies, etc. on children. I'll add this is something like the umpteenth study on the subject conducted by the government (more if you count the study on childhood obesity the FCC did some years ago). Movies, TV and games are popular punching bags in this area, and they also have a Constitutional right at issue here.

But did they flip out? Noooooooooo!!!!!!! here is the joint press release from the National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA).

"We support the President's goal of reducing gun violence in this country. It is a complex problem, and as we have said, we stand ready to be part of the conversation and welcome further academic examination and consideration on these issues as the President has proposed."

Now this is how its done! No fireworks, total pledge of cooperation, but doesn't actually agree to anything. And before telling me how guns are different because people want to totally take them away, etc. I invite you to look at the history of mass media regulation. Trust me, these guys have several squindoodles worth of money on the line here.

The NRA needs to fire Wayne Lapierre and hire Nick Naylor! (See especially the final bit with the reps from the cell phone agency.)

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