Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris recently promised that if she ever becomes president, she will implement red flag laws. But what seems to set her apart from many others is the criteria she uses. The Californian believes that seizing guns from white nationalists or any person exhibiting “traits of being a danger to society” could reduce violence in America.
Following the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump made a statement condemning violent video games.
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.”
Even more criticisms of gaming come from the older generation. The common argument goes that playing violent games causes violence amongst gamers, possibly leading to mass shootings. However, while their claims may sound reasonable, there is no evidence to suggest this.
Peter Cooperson | Poland
Recently, two mass shootings occurred in the United States. However, despite the high level of emotions caused by footage from the scenes that saw the horrific murders happen, gun control policy should in no way be viewed as hot-headedly as it has been by the establishment. In fact, one can easily argue that the data itself carries a quite different message: actually, gun control is irrational.
Last Saturday, a mass shooter killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Just one day later, another gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine. Unsurprisingly, politicians have used the tragic events as an immediate reason to call for increased gun control. At the end of the day, their claims simplify to two main points; first, that the mass shootings are indicative of a major American violence problem, and second, that this problem exists because we don’t have enough gun control. Both of these points are moot. Mass shootings are, ultimately, a tool that politicians use to further their ends.
Many of those on the left side of the aisle think that the solution to mass shootings is to restrict the access to, or ban altogether, guns. However, their solution to put a stop to the ever-increasing violence in America falls flat. If human behavior was put into consideration, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that violence is part of our species’ history. Instead of blaming guns, shouldn’t we blame the toxic standards that exist in our society?