Three separate deadly mass shootings took place in the United States in the short span of one week. These mass shootings have led to international discussions on a number of things, some of which include racism, xenophobia and white supremacy. While a lot of people have used this tragedy to lobby their own agendas, blaming video games for having a violent effect on society, Reggie Fils-Aime defends video games using the correct facts and statistics.
In a televised address on Monday, Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States of America said that the rise in mass shootings is caused by mental illness, the internet, and violence in video games and the media.
According to President Trump:
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” he said. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.
Reggie Fils-Aime, the former president, and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, set the record straight and criticized the “ill-informed” in a recent series of Tweets.
In his Tweets, Fils-Aime points out how “countries with high per capita gaming revenue have fewer gun-shooting deaths.”
Furthermore, Reggie Fils-Aime also points out how “4% of the population owns 43% of the guns” in the US. He also shared data which compares video game revenue to violent gun deaths, which shows how South Korea, China, and the UK has comparable or higher per-person game revenue than the US, and these countries have far fewer violent gun deaths as compared to the United States of America.
Facts are facts. pic.twitter.com/sSEbdYZcgE
— Reggie Fils-Aime (@Reggie) August 6, 2019
And again, this is something that we have discussed many times over and over. In fact, this discussion has continued on ever since the first step mankind took towards technology. In the early late 16th century all the way to the 18th century, people blamed witches and demons for health issues like a simple fever.
After its invention, we saw people blame the television for violence. In the 70s, metal, an entirely new genre of music came around and we saw people link it to Satanism and violence. And now it is video games that are getting the blame for violence and horrific acts that people commit. This is something we recently have discussed. There is no correlation between violence and video games.