A few hours after the tragic mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, in the United States, some Republican politicians have rekindled the age-old debate on violent video games, stating that titles like Fortnite and Call of Duty are responsible for these dramatic incidents.
The two mass shootings occurred on the morning of August 3 in El Paso, Texas, and in the early hours of August 4 in Dayton, Ohio. Faced with the tragic nature of these events, unfortunately, more and more frequent in the United States, the intervention of American politicians was not lacking to comment on what had happened.
Unfortunately, there was no lack of indiscriminate accusations against the video game industry, which some politicians say would be responsible for these tragic episodes. In particular, Texas governor Dan Patrick appeared on FOX News and requested federal intervention on the regulation of violent video games.
“For how long will we ignore the possibility of applying a federal intervention on the video game industry?”, Declares Dan Patrick, citing the reference to Call of Duty from the terrorist manifesto.
While the politician admitted that there are studies showing that games do not increase violence, he added: “What has changed in this country? We have always had guns, we have always had evil. And I see a video game industry that teaches young people to kill”.
The network then interviewed former FBI agent Maureen O ‘Connell on her channel, who said: “If I were a punter, I would say that probably the makers of this massacre spent their time recovering while playing for 6-8 hours a day at Fortnite, or one of those video games in which you’re doing nothing but dehumanizing people by making them explode their heads, one after the other “ .
The Esport analyst Slasher tweeted the video and said: “Fox News, other media and politicians are already specifically blaming video games and shooters, including Fortnite, for yet another terrible mass shooting here in America, at Dayton and El Paso: Video games don’t kill people, real guns do it instead. “
It is certainly not the first time that video games have been brought up as scapegoats in the face of mass shootings in the United States, diverting attention from other problems such as the free circulation of weapons, and the ease with which it is possible to get them in US territory.
Moreover, if the real cause of these accidents were due to violent video games, the mass shootings would occur more frequently also in the rest of the world, where many players dedicate themselves to Fortnite and Call of Duty without leaving their homes with the going to shoot in the crowd. What do you think?
Fox News, others in the media, and politicians are already blaming specifically video games and FPS games including FORTNITE of all things for yet another awful multiple mass shootings here in America, in Dayton and El Paso
video game guns don't kill people, real guns do pic.twitter.com/Y5sq0nPH23
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 4, 2019