Former US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posted a message on Twitter where she defends video games after President Donald Trump and several Republicans made statements linking the games to mass shootings.
Clinton, who has historically been very critical of the video game industry, tweeted this:
People suffer from mental illness in every other country on earth; people play video games in virtually every other country on earth.
The difference is the guns.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 5, 2019
The message sent by Clinton’s post to Twitter is clear. No country in the world experiences massive shootings at a fraction of the rate in the United States of America. However, video games, including violent video games, are readily available and are played in quantity in all countries.
Clinton was responding to what appears to be a coordinated Republican message that blames video games for a recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The attacker had mentioned Call of Duty before the attack.
The claims are made despite extensive research that shows that playing video games does not make one violent, as well as a general study that showed that 80% of those who carry out mass shootings show no interest in video games.
Among Republicans who have focused on video games over the weekend are President Trump, minority leader in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Texas Deputy Governor Dan Patrick and several Fox News guests. However, no specific investigation or evidence has been cited beyond the message of the El Paso attacker. The justification explained by Trump comes from the belief that video game players embrace a “culture that celebrates violence.”
Donald Trump, in a speech on Monday, called for the immediate reduction or total suspension of media and game production that “celebrates violence.” He also launched the idea that people with mental illnesses should be “involuntarily confined.” So far, no legislation has been submitted related to either of the two ideas.
The Democrats, in turn, are demanding that the Senate meet again to pass legislation that expands the background check for the purchase of weapons.