People are weird… blame everyone and everything else but the actual perpetrator when it comes to (not only but) mass shootings. Point the finger at blame, for whatever reason… maybe to get the heat off themselves, or to seem important.
A gun did not commit the Florida shooting, a video game did not, rock music did not… A deranged teenager did it. That’s where I stand at least… unlike Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin who thinks that, in fact, violent video games are to blame.
“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 in an interview on WHAS’ Leland Conway show Thursday morning.
“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.” he continued.
“These are quote-unquote video games, and they’re forced down our throats under the guise of protected speech,” Conway continued, seemingly referring to a 2011 Supreme Court decision that prevents content-based restrictions on games.
“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. We’re reaping what we’ve sown here.”
This guy clearly does not understand how widespread gaming is, especially war and shoot’em up games… if it were video games causing it, you would see A LOT more random and senseless killings, believe me.
This isn’t the first time Bevin has cited video games as a partial cause of school violence. In a Facebook video posted days after a January school shooting in Benton, Kentucky, Bevin included video games as part of the entertainment industry “filth” that is “desensitizing young people to the actual tragic reality and permanency of death.”