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Video games blamed for latest string of mass shootings

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Following the latest tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Republican party members have already begun pointing fingers at the video game industry.

God, can we please stop?

I’m so tired of having to write up stories like this. I’m tired because they’re not even events now, they feel like commonplace. How scary is that? This weekend saw two more mass shootings in the USA with gunmen taking up arms in El Paso and Dayton and killing 20 people and 9 people respectively, with dozens more injured in the process. These horrific acts of violence obviously brought about waves of finger-pointing as politicians addressed the problem at play while not actually addressing anything at all. The loudest of these voices comes from Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House minority leader who stated that video games are partly to blame for these incidents as games that involve shooting “dehumanize individuals”.

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In an interview with Fox News, McCarthy stated, “We watch from studies shown before of what it does to individuals…When you look at these photos of how it took place, you can see the actions within videogames.” McCarthy never cites any specific studies that back-up his point regarding the effects that video games have had on adolescents, although it’s no secret that many have found a wide array of results with some studies stating that video games do affect violence in youths and others saying that they have no effect whatsoever.

McCarthy’s comments were reinforced by Texas deputy governor Dan Patrick who stated to Fox News that video games that feature guns and shooting as primary gameplay “teach young people to kill”. “I look at the common denominators, as a 60-something father and grandfather myself, what’s changed in this country? We’ve always had guns, we’ve always had evil, but what’s changed when we see this rash of shooting? And I see a videogame industry that teaches young people to kill”.

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These last two three events bring the total number of mass shootings in the USA to 251 in 2019 alone. And that’s just…shit, man. Politicians can blame whatever they want but at the end of the day, if firearms weren’t as easy to get a hold of in the United States these events wouldn’t have happened at all. It’s pointless playing the blame game after people have already lost their lives, that’s not helping anyone, but every time there’s a horrific tragedy like this, people are so occupied with pointing out what they think the problem is but never actually take any steps. Hell, if the American government wants to blame violent video games, go ahead and ban them. I guarantee, without a shadow of a doubt, that mass shootings will still plague that nation because the problem isn’t video games.

Last Updated: August 5, 2019

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