Yup. We’re here again. I’m not sure how many times it will take for violent video games to take the heat for mass murder to end the conversation, but here we are. In an interview with a talk radio station, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin opened by saying, “The gun is not the problem.” He blamed side effects from mental illness medications and, of course, video games, saying they’re the same as pornography. Studies have even shown benefits from playing games. Check out our list.
In case you don’t know who Matt Bevin is, he’s the gem who tweeted this after the Las Vegas shooting:
To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs…You can't regulate evil…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) October 2, 2017
Just in case anyone needs to know, I wouldn’t refer to victims and families of victims of shootings to be “political opportunists”. In addition, here are links to scientific studies un-linking violence and aggression with video games:
I found these in just a matter of minutes, yet politicians everywhere continue to use video games as a scapegoat. Even the infamous, disbarred Florida attorney Jack Thompson filed a lawsuit against video game companies and lost in 2002. Matt Bevin’s comments don’t stop there:
There are video games that, yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it, and there’s nothing to prevent the child from playing them.
Gosh, if only children had someone looking after them to tell them not to do something.
These are quote-unquote video games, and they’re forced down our throats under the guise of protected speech. It’s garbage. It’s the same as pornography.
No one’s forcing anyone to buy video games.
They have desensitized people to the value of human life, to the dignity of women, to the dignity of human decency.
Feel free to read one of the scientific studies listed above, because that’s false.
Guns are not the problem; we have a cultural problem in America.
Isn’t part of that culture baked into one of the amendments? You know, the one about guns?
There’s probably fewer guns per capita now, than there were a hundred years ago in America.
Sigh, the Congressional Research Service has reported that there are twice as many guns per capita than in 1968.
Source: NY Times
There’s no debate here. I’m not starting a war about guns vs mental illness vs what are the causes of tragedies. The only thing I’m pointing out is that out of the big three reasons that people advocate the cause of tragedies: Video games, guns, mental illness; only one of these has scientific data denouncing its impact on school shootings. Enough is enough; video games are not the problem. Stop causing moral panic, and start looking for solutions.
What are your thoughts, geeks and gamers? Let us know in the comments!