The lieutenant governor of Texas is blaming video games in the wake of the mass shootings that took place in Texas and Ohio over the weekend, demanding federal action be taken against those in the video game industry.
Speaking on Fox & Friends, Lt.Governor Dan Patrick claimed that violent video games -such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty- are to blame for the rise in mass shooters.
While the El Paso shooter had referenced Call of Duty in terms of choosing “soft targets” for his attacks, Patrick took the video game angle a few steps further by demanding action against electronic entertainment.
“How long are we going to ignore -at the federal level particularly- where they can do something about the video game industry,” he said. “In this manifesto that we believe is from the shooter, this manifesto where he talks about living out his super soldier fantasy on Call of Duty. We know the video game industry is bigger than the movie and music industry combined.”
According to Mediaite, Patrick also referred to the attack as a “hate crime,” but had a much more religious bent in his explanation as to why America’s youth are willing to kill others.
“Why are we allowing young people or anyone to go to a website to learn and be killed and be praised to put this manifesto out,” he said.
“Why are we allowing our children…watching video games? Again, larger than the music industry and the movie industry combined. Are we ignoring that? This was maybe a video game to this evil demon. A video game to him. He has no sense of humanity, no sense of life. He wanted to be a super soldier, for his Call of Duty game, so we need to look at all of this and who we are and as long as we continue to only praise God and look at God on a Sunday morning and kick him out of the town square at our schools the other six days of the week, what do we expect? What do we expect? There’s no excuse for this. We condemn it totally but as a nation we have to look at this and leave all of the politics out of it.”
Patrick has been the Texas Vice Governor since 2015.
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