Trump and other politicians keep blaming violent video games for mass shootings. That just doesn't add up.
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- Two mass shootings over the weekend - in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio - claimed the lives of 31 people. Dozens more were injured.
- In the wake of the latest mass shootings, which are part of an ongoing crisis in the United States, President Trump pointed to everything but guns as the root of the problem. One major culprit he cited: "Gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace."
- But pointing to violent video games as a cause of gun violence is an intentional distraction from the root cause of gun violence: guns.
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On Saturday, a man with a gun in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart store took the lives of 22 people.
The following day, a man with a gun in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people - including his sister - in another mass shooting.
Between the two shootings, 31 lives were taken and dozens of people were injured. These are just the latest instances of mass shootings in the United States, which happen at an alarmingly frequent rate.
On Monday, when President Trump addressed the nation, he once again claimed that "gruesome and grisly video games," among other forms of entertainment available all over the world, are to blame for the mass shootings that are endemic in American culture.
That claim continues to lack evidence backing it up, and is little more than a distraction - here's why:
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Where did all this start? Let's go way back to 1999.
There is a long history of claims that playing violent video games leads to real-life violence. It has been proven false — repeatedly — yet politicians continue to claim a connection that doesn't exist.
People all over the world play violent video games, yet mass shootings occur in the US far more regularly and in much greater numbers than anywhere else in the world.
Talking about video games in the wake of a mass shooting is a diversion tactic intended to distract from the real issue: guns.
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