Seventeen innocent people were killed last week in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says the shooting was the result of violent video games, despite the fact that kids all over the world play those same games and don’t shoot up schools.
The Republican Governor was being interviewed by Leland Conway on WHAS when he said video games were responsible for selling a “culture of death that is being celebrated.” He also blamed music, TV, and movies.
“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,” Bevin said. “They celebrate the slaughtering of people. There are games that literally replicate and give people the ability to score points for doing the very same thing that these students are doing inside of schools, where you get extra points for finishing someone off who’s lying there begging for their life.”
Failing to address the fact that kids all over the world play the same games, he continued with his unproven attack.
“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. They have desensitized people to the value of human life, to the dignity of women, to the dignity of human decency.”
An NRA Stooge
Bevin has accepted money from the NRA and has spoken at the NRA-IRA Leadership Forum. When asked if the video games should be banned he avoided the topic, stating that people need to question the value of such games in modern society.
“Why do we need a video game, for example, that encourages people to kill people?” he said. “Whether it’s lyrics, whether it’s TV shows, whether it’s movies, I’m asking the producers of these products, these video games and these movies, ask yourselves what redemptive value, other than shock value, other than the hope you’ll make a couple of bucks off it. At what price? At what price?”
This isn’t the first time Bevin has used his influence to turn attention away from actual gun control and the NRA. In January, following the Marshall County High School shooting that claimed two lives and injured 18, he also attacked general American culture. “We are desensitizing young people to the actual tragic reality and permanency of death. This is a cultural problem.”
The far-right have continued to blame everything but guns. Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said taking away any type of firearms doesn’t get to the “core issue” of “the human condition.” Bruce, along with other Fox News contributors have blamed drugs, video games, and pretty much anything else that isn’t an actual gun.
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