Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, is blaming the mass shooting that occurred in El Paso this past weekend on video games. He claims that they “dehumanize individuals” and are a “problem for future generations.” Another Republican, Dan Patrick the Lt Governor of Texas, stated on a Fox News interview that the “video game industry teaches young people to kill.”
This line of thinking isn’t new. After the Parkland shooting, Trump called for a roundtable meeting with people from the video game industry to discuss the violence depicted in certain games.
Yet, there isn’t any evidence that a link between video games and mass shooting exists, and the same video games that are played by people in the U.S. are played in other countries around the world. Dan Hewitt of Entertainment Software Association rejected the blame that is being placed on gaming:
“Pointing fingers at the video games should not be allowed to obscure other factors that likely contribute to such incidents.”