Trump addressed the back-to-back shootings this weekend, and he reckons that it isn’t gun violence, or white supremacy, or the escalating racial tensions in America that are resulting in these attacks.
In his address he says ““We must stop the glorification of violence in our society.”
Good start, right? Or I mean, not as terrible as you would normally expect Trump to be. He then continues to say:
“This includes the gruesome and grizzly 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.”
Oh no guys, those poor boys didn’t shoot up a bunch of brown people because they’ve been radicalised online and by their president to see themselves as the only civilised class. It defo has nothing to do with the blatant racism of the Republican party. There’s no way to prove that this 23,000 word white supremacist manifesto they wrote and posted on 8Chan has anything to do with it. We certainly don’t have a problem with gun violence despite having 29 people killed with guns in under 24 hours. No way. In fact the issue is video games.
Honestly, this is such a joke. Just five months ago, we lost 50 innocent lives in New Zealand because of right wing terrorism. And of course Peter Dutton also blamed that on video games because he’s awful and god forbid we take responsibility for the society that has grown these terrorists. This issue is growing and global and it needs to be talked about instead of ignored and blamed on irrelevant things.
And video games are irrelevant to the conversation, because they have been proven over and over and over to not correlate with violent behaviour. Oxford University did a huge study recently that disproved the myth, but there’s so many more on top of that.
This video game story is also just a narrative to blame young people for yet another political issue. It’s to blame us and our evil technology rather than the actual systematic racism and gun violence that enables these terrorist attacks. It’s a scapegoat so racists and pro-gun groups can keep pretending there isn’t any real problem, and it’s actually costing lives. Hopefully our politicians will start to care about that.
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🇺🇸 249 This is America
— I❣️@poppy (@floranewzealand) 4 August 2019
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