Tuesday, April 8, 2014
At least one liberal group is using the selection of Graham to revisit and criticize some of his comments following the 2012 incident in which a deranged gunman massacred young schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Media Matters For America points to a 2012 interview on an American Family Association radio show, in which Graham said the slaughter "is what happens when society turns its back on God."
But most of Graham's comments on the show focused on his concern about the prevalence of violent images on TV, in music, and on video games.
"The violence that we see now on TV and what we hear in music -- it's so graphic," he said. "In arcades . . . there (are) murder simulators and you can have an electronic gun in your hands and you can point that at a video character and pull that trigger and you can see the bullet impact their flesh and blood flies and body parts fly."
The National Rifle Association is meeting April 25-27. The prayer breakfast, with Graham speaking, starts at 7 a.m. on the last day.
Graham heads both the Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, a charity relief agency based in Boone.
-- Tim Funk
Posted by Tim Funk at 4:48 PM