Texas Lt. Gov. Blames Video Games for Santa Fe Shooting, Supports Easy Access to Guns

Over the past few years, video games have faced blame for mass shootings, especially, those performed by young adults and teenagers. Trump went as far as holding a meeting with prominent members of the gaming industry to discuss the issue but to this day, we do not know how that helped.

But one thing is clear as it gets, the Trump administration wants to protect guns and the interests of the NRA. Video games are turned into a scapegoat as they are an easy target. Games were already under fire for the Florida shooting without any evidence linking them to it but now even Santa Fe school shooting it pinned on video games.

In a recent statement, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick not only blamed video games but abortion for gun violence. Rather than having an issue with easy access of guns across the country, Patrick stated that when discussing how to protect people from gun violence, they must put everything on the table including abortion and video games.

Look, the video games issue we have got to address in this country. Based on all the research we have done, 97 percent, according to psychologists and psychiatrists, 97 percent of teenagers view video games and 85 percent of video games are violent.  The average student, the average teenager, spends two hours a day, and many spent more time, and what are these game showing you how to do? Kill people.

We have devalued life in this country; we throw God out of school, we have 50 million abortions, we have families that are broken part no father at home.  We have incredible heinous violence as a game two hours a day in from of their eyes and we stand here and we wonder why?

What’s interesting about this statement is there were close to 42 million teenagers in the United States, as of 2015. Since we don’t have the latest numbers lets with go 42 million. According to “all the research” this Govt has done, 97 percent of teens play video games which means over 40 million teenagers are exposed to this content. Now, I would like to ask, how many out of these 40 million teens have killed someone? Or performed a mass shooting? The Govt won’t tell you the answer but we will, out of these 40 million who play video games 188,000 teens between the age of 12 and 17 committed a serious violent crime, according to data from 2015. In 2016, 856,130 arrests were made out of which 850 were for Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 28,060 for aggravated assault, 19,420 for possession of a weapon, 98,490 were for Drug abuse and other non-violence crimes.

While this data may be two years old, video games and gun violence both exist for decades in the United States so why blame video games now?

We can see how these people are trying to blame video games and now even the right of abortion for their own lack competence, and ignorance.

There is no evidence to suggest video games cause these incidents. Maybe there will be if the Govt ever decided to make ” all the research” they have done public, which they never will.

Sarmad is our Senior Editor, and is also one of the more refined and cultured among us. He's 25, a finance major, and having the time of his life writing about videogames.