As the resident Spartan gamer, I feel obligated to bring this up, since Twitter as all a twatter about something wrong that President Trump said today. That’s the notion that “gruesome and grisly video games” are partly to blame for the culture we find ourselves in right now, where Leftists constantly take up arms and murder people in various Gun Free Zones.
Now it is important to get a fuller context of what he said before we get into this, as I am seeing hordes of dumb hot takes on Twitter and Gab portraying what he said here as TRUMP BLAMES VIDEO GAMES FOR MASS SHOOTINGS. Like with Charlottesville, the media is gloming onto one thing he said, and blowing that up to make it appear that Trump believes that the primary culprit was the video game. He didn’t say that. Look at the context…he was mainly speaking about a culture of violence, erroneously throwing video games in there as a part of the bigger problem.
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. 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.”
Is there a culture that celebrates violence in America? I would agree with that.
I still disagree with him dragging video games into the debate, but keep in mind that the media is attempting to gaslight you, and a lot of people are falling for it, letting the media tell them what to think instead of listening to it themselves and drawing a conclusion from there.
If anything, any law that would lead to gun confiscation without due process (aka Red Flag Gun Laws) is far more concerning, especially if the President supports such an anti-constitutional law. Let him know what you think about that.
But back to video games. Since this needs to be shared every time that games come into the debate, here is one of various scientific studies that shows that violent video games do not influence the behavior of kids. The was also a lawsuit brought by Democrat Governor Jerry Brown against the game industry that went all the way to the Supreme Court where research was provided that showed how games cannot take the blame. It’s also absurd to lump all games into one category, implying that they are all violent. They aren’t.
Myself and millions of other people are not mass shooters, nor do we have plans to be, because we have something that goes deeper than enjoying a game here and there. We’ve got set of morals that is based in the belief of God. Are we all perfect or practice what we preach? No. But has God and belief in God and an ancient moral code been under assualt by the Left for ages now? Absolutely.
Of course, since Trump mentioned games, along with a few other Republican leaders, suddenly the Left is all pretending that they haven’t been on an anti video game jihad for years now.
This debate really flared up after the Columbine Massacre, and it just so happened that the killers were fans of the violent game Doom. It didn’t matter that the game sold millions of copies and was enjoyed by a 99% majority of people who didn’t committ any atrocities, it caused politicians to jump onto the Blame Game Train from then President Bill Clinton to Senator Joe Liberman (I’ll only link one of Joe’s Two Minutes of Hate against video games…he has plenty you can find). Clinton had the FTC waste time and money looking into the problem.
Presidential loser Hillary Clinton, who once supported legislation called the Family Entertainment Protection Act, which would have criminalized the sale of M-rated games to kids, was happy to jump on the sudden-conversion-to-video-games-being-ok bandwagon this morning. I’ve put her tweet, along with her anti-video game history into one handy image that you can feel free to spread around the internet like it’s someone else’s wealth:
Then President Barack Obama was also happy to spend taxpayer money on a question that had already been answered in regards to violent video games, when he called for Congress to fund more research into the effects of violent video games on mass shooters as a part of his broader gun control plan after the Sandy Hook Massacre. Then Vice President Joe Biden was also in on the busy-work scam, erroneously stating that gun violence levels in the USA are unique (they are far, far higher in places like Latin & South America, where gun control has been the gateway towards extreme levels of violence for a long time).
Jack Thompson was once a proud attorney who worked with Hillary Clinton to try and get violent games banned. Things didn’t end well for him as he was disbarred for his behavior, but that didn’t stop him from trying.
Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Wayne La Pierre have also placed games in their sights. Every time, no matter the political bent of left or right, these people are wrong, but that isn’t stopping the media from using it as a deflection tool. Notice that we’re not talking about how both shooters from this weekend’s tragedies are self-avowed socialists, instigating their violence despite murder being illegal.
Of course, it’s natural to want to find a solution to it all. But politicians can only make & pass laws – laws that can be ignored and disobeyed, and actually don’t work in practice. Chicago is supposed to be a utopia of gun control, but it’s one of the most violent places in the country. I think that the real answer is there, staring our society in the face – truly embracing the gospel of Christ instead of the gospel of the State. But the War on Christ has been an effective one in our culture, where bringing up a way of life that teaches you to love your enemies and do good unto them that despise you is considered hate.
Does that mean that all is lost though? No. You can fight back, but it has to be on the battle field of hearts and minds. Let’s end with a quote from President John Adams:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Be a moral and religious person, and even if tragedy strikes your life, you’ll be set up for the hereafter.