Republican politician blames videogames for mass shootings

Republican politician blames videogames for mass shootings

Republican politician blames videogames for mass shootings

Following the tragic mass shootings that took place in Texas and OH, a number of Republicans rolled out a exhausted scapegoat: video games.

In the wake of a tragedy, like the El Paso and Dayton shootings, we often find ourselves wondering why these happened.

His comments echoed those of Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick in the aftermath of the El Paso shooting.

Hillary Clinton, who unsuccessfully challenged Trump in the 2016 presidential race, dismissed video games as a possible reason for the shootings. "And I see a video game industry that teaches young people to kill".

At least two high-level Republican lawmakers blamed video game violence for "dehumanizing" people and encouraging the El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mass shootings over the past 24 hours.

In his response to the weekend's mass shootings in OH and Texas, US President Donald Trump condemned "grisly video games", and the effect they have on "troubled youth". In a recent press conference, Trump put them in the spotlight once again, condemning the "gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace". We've watched from studies shown before what it does to individuals.

"I have always felt that is a problem for future generations and others", McCarthy said. "In this manifesto that we believe is from the shooter, this where he talks about living out his super soldier fantasy on Call of Duty".

"What are we as a nation to say-that we're going to tolerate and allow a website that lets killers post their manifesto before-and to be posted after the act?" he said. "I think it's time for all of America to take a real close look, if we haven't already, we should have, of where we are".

It was not immediately clear if video games played any role in the weekend's carnage. We've always had guns, we've always had evil, but what's changed when we see this rash of shooting?

Video game companies have long drawn criticism across the political spectrum for what some say is their capacity to incite violence in some players.

"I hope our findings prompt skeptics to reevaluate their position, especially since some of our other research indicates that violent video game play may increase deviance with implications for multiple risk behaviors", co-author James Sargent, director of the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth University, said in a statement.

"Researchers find that people serving time for violent crimes typically consume less media before committing their crimes, than the average person in the general population", Jenkins said according to the paper. 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.

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