Using the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as the reason, Feinstein stated video games play “a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that.” Despite any evidence supporting her claim and the disproportionate number of gamers to killers, she is leading the fight against the first amendment to censor video games.
In a split Congress, this seems to be one of the only issues that has bipartisan support, since it’s a scapegoat that doesn’t affect either side’s constituencies. Democrats will always use the NRA (National Rifle Association) as a punching bag while Republican’s will fight to the end to protect all forms of the second amendment. Fighting against video games is a safe bet for all sides, and will create the illusion that there is progress being made while not putting their reelection in jeopardy.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) had issue with background checks when it came to purchasing weapons but had no problem changing the subject. He told MSNBC, “video games is a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people.”
Representative Diane Black, another Republican from Tennessee blamed Sandy Hook on “unprecedented levels of violent games, music and so on.” Even the number one enemy of Democrats, Wayne LaPierre, the CEO and executive vice president of the NRA blamed video games for Sandy Hook after it was established the shooter, Adam Lanza, may have played games like Call of Duty and Starcraft.
Today on Morning Joe, a morning “news” show on MSNBC, anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski continued their attack on video games and movies from yesterday, while taking no responsibility for their exploitation of violence on their own program and network. Republican Peter King from New York, praised Dianne Feinstein’s position, blaming video games as well.
The new issue seems to be the fact that video games contain assault rifles, and since Congress can’t seem to get legislation banning assault rifles in real life they’re hoping to get them removed from video games. The new enemy in the war on the first amendment s the “Culture of Violence,” that needs to be addressed.
I found it funny that right after Joe Scarborough spoke to King about how something had to be done against violent media, they changed the topic to Syria, where 6,000 people were killed in March alone, and there was not a single mention of movies or video games.