Nevada Government Defends Deal With Take-Two Vs. NRA Comments
A deal was being finalized between the Nevada Economic Development Board and Take-Two Interactive when the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Connecticut took place on December 14, and the tragedy has led to this deal now being questioned.
The Nevada Board approved a $600,000 investment to bring a Take-Two quality assurance facility to Las Vegas. Take-Two will use the money to purchase a seven-year lease to occupy two floors of an office in the city.
However, Nevada state officials now find themselves defending their decision after comments made by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre against Take-Two’s games, such as the Grand Theft Auto series, and their potential connection to the Connecticut tragedy.
Nevada economic development director Steve Hill stood by the decision to bring 150 new jobs to the city. Speaking with the Reno Gazette-Journal, he said:
“We’re happy that Take-Two chose Nevada and is bringing 150 really good jobs. We are happy to have them here. It’s unfair to imply a correlation between such a horrible tragedy (school shooting) without any evidence there is a correlation with the kind of games Take-Two makes.”
Secretary of State Ross Miller, a member of the board that approved the deal, said he does not believe that violent video games have played a role in the mass shooting.