The domestic terrorist who targeted Hispanic victims during a shooting rampage in El Paso had driven over 9 hours to reach his targets. When he wrote his manifesto before the shooting, he cited Call of Duty, a video game that includes gunfire.
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss the shooting. While he talked about what could be done to prevent these massacres, Patrick called for federal action on violent video games.
The Lieutenant Governor never discussed any kind of fun control as a solution to end the violence. His main solution for for video games to be censored by the federal government.
Patrick told the hosts:
“How long are we going to ignore — at the federal level particularly — where they can do something about the video game industry. In this manifesto that we believe is from the shooter, this manifesto where he talks about living out his super soldier fantasy on Call of Duty. We know the video game industry is bigger than the movie and music industry combined.”
Here's part of Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick's appearance on Fox & Friends, where he uses the El Paso shooting to call for federal government intervention in the video game industry, more prayer in schools, and more saluting the flag, among other things. pic.twitter.com/8xqkEyvvH7
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The Texas politician also felt that not having religion in schools is a root cause of mass shootings. Patrick continued:
“He wanted to be a super soldier, for his Call of Duty game, so we need to look at all of this and who we are and as long as we continue to only praise God and look at God on a Sunday morning and kick him out of the town square at our schools the other six days of the week, what do we expect? What do we expect? There’s no excuse for this. We condemn it totally but as a nation we have to look at this and leave all of the politics out of it.”
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