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Robert Franklin

Posted on August 10, 2019 22:52

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What could possibly possess people to just open fire on others and kill them en masse? Well, if you believe people like President Trump and other Republicans, it's that nefarious video game industry.

After last weekend's dual mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the conversation over violence in America is once again resorting to an exhausted scapegoat -- video games.

Since the shootings, Wal-Mart has very publicly taken down many game displays, particularly ones advertising violent games, throughout its stores, but has done nothing to curb firearm or ammo sales. ESPN even postponed broadcast of an eSports event they had sponsored. All of this because, of course, Call of Duty and Fortnite are the main reason why white people become unhinged and just start mowing people down.

It all obviously has nothing to do with the ease of access to these weapons or, you know, seething hate.

Patrick Crusius' rambling manifesto didn't mention a love of Borderlands as his inspiration for killing over 20 people in El Paso last weekend. He was motivated by hate, the same hate whose flames are repeatedly fanned by the President of the United States, and his targets were of the same groups of people currently being subjected to raids and harassment by Trump's gestapo. He acted as he did because he's a motivated racist emboldened by the racist rhetoric of the leader of the free world, not because he spent too much time in front of an Xbox.

Fallout didn't contribute to the deaths of these people. Xenophobia, hate, and access to firearms did.

But it's apparently so much easier to blame a digital medium than to actually confront the real existential crises at work here. Even though there is no link between video games and violence, and it takes almost no effort to find the studies that confirm that, people apparently eat the rhetoric up. And they do it willingly. Within a day of the shootings, Republicans ran the cable news circuit, throwing video games on the cultural pyre instead of the guns and white supremacy that should be there instead.

The United States is not the only country that consumes video games hungrily. In terms of video game revenue, per person, the United States ranks third in the world. Both Japan and South Korea consume more than the U.S., and the rest of the top 10 are rounded out by the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and China. And while violent video games have been linked to upticks in physical aggression, this is true of people in all countries, not just the United States. And yet, the United States is the only one of those 10 countries that endures gun violence on this scale.

If video games were the problem, we'd see violence on this scale in each of these countries.

But we don't. It happens here, and here alone. It should be with this in mind that we retire a useless talking point, a ridiculous red herring that makes it easy for people to avoid actually staring at the real cause of extreme violence in the United States: our own culture.

Robert Franklin

Posted on August 10, 2019 22:52

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