As you have probably heard, two different horrific shootings happened this weekend in the USA. Over 31 people have been killed and dozens have been injured. The attacks have spread sorrow and anger across the USA as many demand gun control.
However, many US politicians are looking for something other than guns to blame for these shootings. Social media, Donald Trump, Mental illnesses and video games have all been blamed for these shootings by multiple different politicians, instead of the lack of gun control.
Even the president is blaming Video Games. “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” President Trump said yesterday while addressing the shootings. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.”
This comes just a few hours after Dan Patrick, the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, asked the federal government to “do something about the video game industry.” while live on Fox News.
However, gamers have a different take on this. They are arguing the point that the majority of these shootings are only taking place in the USA, while video games are available worldwide. If video games were the problem, wouldn’t horrific shootings like these take place everywhere? Gamers are also trying to make the point that video games have changed peoples lives for the better and that video games have saved them from very dark times.
There is also no actual proof that video games cause mass shootings. For years research has failed to find conclusive proof that video games do lead to mass shootings. It is more likely that mental health issues and bullying lead to mass shootings, not video games.
Dr Lupo, one of the biggest names in gaming, has tweeted his feelings about the situation. He said “Dear mainstream media, The only thing desensitizing a majority of the US to gun violence is all the gun violence. Video games haven’t influenced me, or anyone else, to go out and kill someone. Please stop lying. This is exhausting. We need actual change.”
Jacksepticeye also didn’t agree with President Trump. He said “Video games and gaming communities have done so much good for people. They’ve changed the lives of so many of my friends for the better. Stop blaming them for the disgusting acts of violence that keep happening instead of dealing with the real root of the problem.”
However, blaming video games for a mass shooting is not just a recent issue. Video games have almost always got the blame for mass shootings. In fact, video games were even blamed for the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999.
After President Trump’s statement, #VideogamesAreNotToBlame instantly began trending nationally on Twitter along with #GunControlNow. Many people are very upset that the Gun Control bill still hasn’t been passed yet.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected by these shootings. I really hope the USA government finally does something about these shootings.