High schools, nightclubs and now, video game tournaments.
In the past couple of years, my home, Florida (affectionately called the ‘Gunshine State’), has become plagued by mass shootings. The course of events appearing from the right-wing politicians controlling our legislature has more or less been the same: thoughts and prayers, a lackluster call for action and then, nothing.
But the rhetoric coming from the Jacksonville Landing shooting on Sunday was a bit different. There’s been a shift in conversation, with many more suggesting it’s video games causing these mass shootings. This rhetoric has, for some reason, been spread for years. Trump even said it in February after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting.
"I’m hearing more and more people seeing the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” Trump said to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
It’s time to stop using video games as a deflection from conversations about responsible gun control. Video games shouldn’t even be in the conversation because it distracts us from the hard truth: easy access to guns is the main reason for mass shootings.