Video games are to blame

It’s currently the top twitter trend in the U.K, and it’s perhaps the most desperate and pathetic way for the U.S government to turn a blind eye to the real problem.

President Trump made an accusation from pure ignorance that the atrocities in both El Paso and Dayton are because of video games.

We must stop the glorification of violence in our society, This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.‘ – President Trump

I’ve played video games for thirty years, and I’m currently going through Red Dead Redemption 2, which is set in late 19th century and early 20th century America. You are a gang member, and you’re in conflict with rival gang members, which involves plentiful violence. As soon as I put the control pad down, that is the end of it. I don’t feel the urge to go into a store and massacre everyone in it.

It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.‘ President Trump

This is propaganda and is suggesting censorship, which is exactly how dictatorships work, as they control what society can see and do.

People suffer from mental illness in every other country on earth; people play video games in virtually every other country on earth. The difference is the guns‘ – Hillary Clinton

Most normal, decent people, know the difference between fantasy and reality, and the issue is access to firearms, not looking for a scapegoat. Where does this end?

Censorship of books that contain violence?

Censorship of the multi-billion dollar movie industry?

Trump’s accusations have hit the gaming industry hard, and it’s seen shares of Activision Blizzard drop by 6%, and Electronic Arts dropped by 4%.

‘Other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the tragic levels of violence that occur in the U.S’ – ESA

America isn’t the only country in the world with a gun culture, so why is the violence from firearms so severe? Mental health issues are common place in every country, and those issues need to be addressed as much as the access that people with mental health issues have to firearms.

‘Wait…that’s it??? Violent video games and mental health? Not the high powered weapons of war being sold to civilians by the millions that are actually being USED to carry out these acts of domestic terror??’ – Cory Barlog (God of War director)

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