This weekend, Americans are trying to deal with the aftermath of two mass shootings that rocked El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, respectively and together left about 30 people dead. While some look for answers, Republican Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick apparently thinks he’s found one — blame video games. During an appearance on President Donald Trump’s favored show Fox & Friends this weekend, he railed against the video game industry, which he described as “larger than the music industry and the movie industry combined,” which maybe he thinks are also to blame for destruction that rocks the United States.
Unsurprisingly, Patrick ignored other issues like Trump driving some of the very same violent rhetoric used by the El Paso shooter.
He told the hosts:
‘Why are we allowing our children to be 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… 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? 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.’
Watch the nonsense:
Republican Texas Lieutenant Governor @DanPatrick is calling for federal government intervention into the video game industry, citing the Call of Duty reference from the terrorist’s manifesto
he also wants you to pray more in school
Dan Patrick is religious boomer personified pic.twitter.com/hOwaW4zzJS
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 4, 2019
At another point, he added that he wants to see some kind of unspecified federal action against the video game industry. It’s amazing in the worst way for Patrick to sit there and demand that the Christian religion be imposed by force across the United States while also finding it in himself to assert that overall we must “leave all of the politics out of this.”
In fact, Patrick’s own dear leader President Donald Trump has long made the situation “political” himself. Patrick left out any apparent reference at all to the fact that the El Paso shooter, while referencing a “Call of Duty supersoldier fantasy” in his apparent manifesto, also shared virulent nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric of the exact same sort that Trump has shouted about on the world stage and in so doing, delivered an air of legitimacy to. Trump and this shooter described immigrants like those in the targeted El Paso community as constituting an “invasion.” To Patrick though, there’s nothing to see here — it’s just the video games at fault.
In the wake of yet another mass shooter using blatantly Trump-ian rhetoric — one in New Zealand earlier this year did the same — those allied with the president have still consistently refused to acknowledge any issue at all with the president demanding that immigrants go back where they came from and be confronted with physical force like mass deportations, a southern border wall, and the thousands of troops Trump deployed to the southern U.S. border.
Meanwhile, Americans keep dying.
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