Rick Santorum Tries To Blame Video Games Following Las Vegas Shooting
Rick Santorum
(Last Updated On: October 9, 2017)

During a debate about gun control on CNN following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, politician Rick Santorum decided to redirect the conversation from gun control toward Hollywood movies and video games causing real-life violence.

When former governor Jennifer Granholm began drilling Santorum and the Right about how a single bill wasn’t enough to curb the gun violence in America, Santorum decided to scuttle the topic into equivocation deadzone by bringing up a hot topic from the 1990s: video game violence.

While talking over one another, Santorum attempted to state that multiple studies showed that video game violence influenced real-life violence. You can view the eight minute clip that aired on CNN courtesy of a re-upload by YouTuber Mason Walsh.

Mediaite posted up the transcript of Santorum’s argument, where he repeatedly tried to blame video games throughout the debate. Santorum stated…

“Violence in television and the video games — there is a mountain of evidence out there, psychological evidence, about what we’re doing to our young people with these video games, violent video games, and you never hear the left trying to go after Hollywood or the gaming market. It is never involved in this discussion. Where is the solution? Here we are. Where is the solution?”

Actually, the Left have been attacking video games nonstop since 2012, mostly on the grounds that video games are sexist and misogynistic. They even ratcheted up their efforts in 2014, which is what eventually spawned #GamerGate.

What Mediaite didn’t quite capture in the quote – and it was somewhat drowned out by the overlapping voices – was when Santorum attempted to say that the reason video games and Hollywood movies aren’t put under the microscope is due to the amount of money they bring in, thus making them exempt from scrutiny.

It’s true that the gaming industry was globally valued at $91 billion back in 2016, as reported by Venture Beat. However, that has little to do with the Las Vegas shooting, especially since you can’t use video games to kill another human being… unless you use the DVD, CD, or Blu-ray disc as a blade of sorts.

Santorum attempted to interject video games into the discussion at least three times during the eight minute clip, but he was shouted down by Jennifer Granholm and the other panelists who wanted to keep the discussion focused on gun control in America. Granholm wisely brought up that Japan has access to the same amounts – if not more – of violent media and video games, but deaths by gun violence has been less than 100 people per year for nearly 15 years across a nation of more than 127 million people, as documented by GunPolicy.org.

Santorum’s deference of the gun control debate to violent video games has been a common tactic employed by Republicans for decades. Even though multiple research reports show that video games don’t make you violent or sexist, video games have become the go-to scapegoat for some politicians whenever the topic of gun violence comes up, almost identical to how Democrats like to blame video games for “rape culture”, sexism and misogyny, even though the ones regularly committing heinous acts against women in the public spotlight have mostly been male feminists who aren’t even real gamers.


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