President Donald Trump delivered a statement regarding the recent mass shooting in El Paso where 20 people were killed and he targetted violent video games. Gun violence is a serious issue in the USA and gun control needs to be taken seriously. Trump seems to think that video games are the problem here.
Trump mentioned that we need to stop glorifying violence in society and blamed video games for doing just that. here is what he had to say regarding the matter:
This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.
I am sure that gamers around the world will not agree with this statement. I have been gaming since the 2nd grave and I would not pick up a gun and shoot someone that is around me. That makes no sense at all. This is not the first time that Trump has spoken about violence in video games and it certainly does not seem to be the last time.
Other people put the blame on games as well. After the incident, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) came on Fox News and mentioned the following about violent video games:
How long are we going let, for example, and ignore at the federal level particularly, where they can do something about the video game industry.
He also talked about a manifesto that might be linked to the shooter in which he mentions his fantasy of living life as a super soldier in Call of Duty. We have yet to get confirmation that the manifesto is linked to the shooter. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also came on Fox News and fired shots at video games. here is what he had to say regarding the matter:
The idea of these video games, they dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals and others. When you look at these photos of how [the El Paso shooting] took place, you can see the actions within video games and others.
Researchers have done a lot of research on the effects of violent video games but no direct correlation has been found so far. There is not enough evidence to prove that violent video games encourage rage or violent behavior of any kind. Gamers know that they are in a fantasy work and they know how they need to act in real life. There is a clear indication of what is real and what is not.
The politicians clearly do not know what they are talking about and need to blame something so they have decided to blame video games in this case. We have seen similar incidents in the past were games were blamed, so it is no surprise.
Let us know what you think about all this and whether or not you think games can be blamed.