Disney's ESPN has chosen not to broadcast a recent video-game competition -- one that features gun violence -- in the wake of last weekend's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, according to a person familiar with the plans. ESPN is delaying its planned Aug. 10 broadcast of a recent tournament for Apex Legends, a popular battle royale game made by publisher Electronic Arts Inc., the person said, asking not to be identified as the matter is internal. The decision comes in the wake of the two shootings that prompted politicians, including President Donald Trump, to say video games that glorify violence could be contributing to the country's shooting epidemic. ESPN2 will air the taped segment on three nights in October, according to the person. It will still be available this weekend on ESPN's digital channels, including its app.
The NRA's news president is current Fox News Contributor Oliver North, but he is widely known for a Reagan-era scandal. Former U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North speaks before giving the Invocation at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Dallas, May 4, 2018. Incoming National Rifle Association president Oliver North has already grabbed national attention for his take on the root causes of America's mass shooting problem after a Texas high school student killed 10 people in a bloody rampage. The retired Marine lieutenant colonel blamed a "culture of violence" for recent school shootings and implied that the prevalence of prescriptions such as Ritalin for young people could also be a factor during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. But in 2012, North worked as a promoter, script consultant and voice actor for the popular first-person-shooter game Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Speaking on ABC News' This Week on Sunday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made it clear that he thinks the 22 school shootings in the United States in 2018 can't be blamed on guns but on violent video games, abortions, unarmed teachers, and a lack of religion in schools, among other things. "We have devalued life, whether it's through abortion, whether it's the breakup of families, through violent movies, and particularly violent video games," he told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos. "Psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that students are desensitized to violence, may have lost empathy for their victims by watching hours and hours of video violent games." Texas Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick: "Should we be surprised in this nation?" He emphasized the country's "culture of violence," which, he said, includes bullying on social media.