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Kentucky Governor Blames Video Games For School Shooting

"It’s the same as pornography"

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has cited video games as the the reason for terrible shooting in a high school outside Boca Raton, Florida, on Wednesday.

“There are video games that, yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it, and there’s nothing to prevent the child from playing them,” Bevin said in an interview on WHAS’ Leland Conway, as reported by Arstechnica. “They celebrate the slaughtering of people. There are games that literally replicate and give people the ability to score points for doing the very same thing that these students are doing inside of schools, where you get extra points for finishing someone off who’s lying there begging for their life.”

“These are quote-unquote video games, and they’re forced down our throats under the guise of protected speech. It’s garbage. It’s the same as pornography. They have desensitized people to the value of human life, to the dignity of women, to the dignity of human decency. We’re reaping what we’ve sown here.”

Leland Conway did ask Bevin if parents should take more responsibility for what their children pay, but the Governor replied “I think we need to start by having an honest question about what value any of these things add,” he said. “Why do we need a video game, for example, that encourages people to kill people. Whether it’s lyrics, whether it’s TV shows, whether it’s movies, I’m asking the producers of these products, these video games and these movies, ask yourselves what redemptive value, other than shock value, other than the hope you’ll make a couple of bucks off it. At what price? At what price?”

Studies have proven that there is no link between violence and video games.

Source: Arstechnica

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  1. Jag
    Since: Feb 2009

    So nothing to do with the fact that there were no checks in place to stop someone with mental health issues from buying an assault rifle.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 12:04.
    • MrYd
      Since: Mar 2011

      No! You’re not allowed those sorts of things. It’s every American’s right to own assault rifles.

      And according to this particular cockwomble: discriminate against the gays, support cockfighting, restrict abortions, all the usual right-wing nutter things. Apart from cockfighting. Most of them at least manage to try and avoid supporting that, I think.

      Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 12:12.
  2. dave87fez
    Since: May 2011

    He’s right. It has nothing at all to do with gun control laws, or people’s insistence that a rule that was relevant 250 years ago is still relevant today…video games are the problem.

    F”&*ing Crash Bandicoot

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 12:43.
  3. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    Trump had nothing sincere to say about the shooting, Bevin jumps on an old sensationalist bandwagon for some point scoring, meanwhile the rest of world probably shouts the same thing at their screens. Obama had a thing or two to say, it’s a shame we don’t hear from him anymore. Anyone with a spare hour, this is a great interview…

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 12:51.
  4. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    It wouldn’t matter what video games they played if the guns weren’t so freely available in the first place.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 12:51.
  5. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    1. Be honest and deal with your guns. Sort that out and join the rest of the civilised world.
    2. Sort out your mental health support so if those people do go “postal”, they don’t have access to guns.


    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 12:59.
    • MrYd
      Since: Mar 2011

      A quick googling of this particular muppet finds he vetoed a law that would allow a judge to order treatment for people with mental illnesses and a history of hospitalisation for those illnesses. Because it would threaten their “liberty”.

      But no, much better to blame games, or neighbours and classmates (as Trump has) and make sure everyone’s armed, no matter what mental state they’re in.

      And as Twitter pointed out, he could legally buy an assault rifle, but not a beer. Or a fucking Kinder Egg.

      Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 13:15.
  6. JR.
    Since: Apr 2013

    It’s a difficult one.

    I think it’s a combination of factors and maybe videogames do play a tiny role in desensitising young minds to violence (similar to movies and tv). But how many other human beings play videogames and/or watch violent movies/tv shows and don’t commit these hideous acts. Nearly all of them I suspect.

    The sad thing is, there’s no easy fix ie. banning all guns. They can impose restrictions and make it more difficult to obtain weapons (automatic weapons in particular). But honestly, there are so many guns in America – if some nut wants to get their hands on one, they will. Whether there are restrictions or bans in place or not.

    I think a huge share of the responsibility lies with the parents if I’m being completely honest. Although I’m not sure in this instance if the gunman lived with his parents or not? Adolescents should not have access to weapons of any kind. Unfortunately, in many of these cases it seems they do. Completely irresponsible of the parents.

    I think we need to look at the reasons why these young people keep doing this. Maybe learn to address some issues before the situation spirals so out of control.

    Like I said, it’s a difficult one. Sandyhook should have been enough to motivate real change but I just think it will always be a part of American life now.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 16:32.
  7. Starman
    Since: Jul 2011

    Trump scrapped a regulation that made it harder for those with mental issues to buy guns. Until there’s a democratic president with a house & senate majority nothing will change.

    Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 18:43.
    • JR.
      Since: Apr 2013

      Let’s not give Obama too much credit now. He put forward this regulation in the final weeks of his Presidency – despite being in office for eight years. Did gun control only become an issue In these final days? Or was he merely trying to create problems for his successor, whom he openly disliked?

      Had Obama’s put this regulation forward in his first/second/third/forth year etc., then yes, high-five’s all round. But he didn’t. So let’s not pat him on the back for dumping this on Trump, when he didn’t have the balls to do it himself, y’know, when it actually mattered.

      And let’s not hate on Trump because he’s doing exactly the same thing about gun control as his predecessor(s)… absolutely nothing. We can all say the right thing for an easy life and to appear likeable. Actually doing something about it however, well that’s something else entirely.

      Another example of Obama appearing to do the ‘right thing’, whilst actually achieving very little.

      Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 20:20.
      • Starman
        Since: Jul 2011

        I read it was a 2013 regulation so unless it’s wrong that makes the majority of your comment void. He tried many times to introduce gun legislation but the dems didn’t control the house & senate so the NRA loving republicans always voted them down.

        Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 21:09.
      • Starman
        Since: Jul 2011

        Trump has done worse than nothing. Nothing would’ve kept the regulation. Why on earth scrap it other than pleasing his donors?

        Comment posted on 16/02/2018 at 21:12.
  8. duke
    Since: Apr 2011