Last week a 19-year-old killed 17 people at his former school in Parkland, Florida. The massacre was met with renewed calls for stricter gun control in the US by some.
Others – such as Kentucky state governor Matt Bevin – feel the problem is not guns at all but rather violent video games.
It’s important to note that in the past Bevin has received an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.
During a podcast Bevin said that guns we’re not the problem but rather that there was a cultural problem in America.
“These are quote-unquote video games, and they’re forced down our throats under the guise of protected speech. It’s garbage. It’s the same as pornography. They have desensitised people to the value of human life, to the dignity of women, to the dignity of human decency,” Bevin said according to a report by The Register.
As the publication points out, video games are protected under the USA’s First Amendment (the right to freedom of speech and expression) and thus cannot be banned.
In the days following the shooting many have called for stricter access to gun. The shooter in Florida was reportedly able to purchase an AR-15 rifle at the age of 18 within a few minutes after a background check concluded he had no criminal history and no history of mental illness.
But video games are apparently the problem, not semi-automatic weaponry that you can win at a raffle.