"Culture Of Violence" You Betcha, Mr Trump, But It's Not The Video Games

By Mike Ferner

August 07, 2019 "Information Clearing House" - On the day after America’s weekend shooting rampage that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more in El Paso and Dayton, president Trump told the nation in a 10-minute address, what he sees as the causes of and cures for gun violence in the U.S.

As causes, he mentioned:

Racism, bigotry and white supremacy” adding, “These sinister ideologies must be defeated.  Hate has no place in America.”

The internet and social media, saying, “We must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murders before they start,” and he added “The perils of the internet and social media cannot be ignored and they will not be ignored.”

Mental illness, saying we must “reform mental health,” including “involuntary confinement” of those posing a serious risk to society.  He added that, “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun.” One might infer he meant to say that mental illness and hatred cause mass shootings, not guns.


 “…the glorification of violence in our society.  This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.  It is too easy today for troubled youths to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.”

For remedies to the nation’s epidemic of gun violence?  He avoided what’s become the much-maligned “thoughts and prayers” and suggested:

 “Red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders”

Having “The Department of Justice… propose legislation insuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively and without years of needless delay.


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