Video games a 'bigger problem than guns' says senator

Republican Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander says games more problematic than weapons because "they affect people."

Yet another politician has taken a shot at video games in the wake of the deadly Connecticut schoolhouse massacre last month. Speaking today on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown, United States senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) said video games are a greater societal threat than guns.

"I think video games is a bigger problem than guns," he said. "Because video games affect people. But the First Amendment limits what we can do about video games and the Second Amendment to the constitution limits what we can do about guns."

Last week, democratic Connecticut senator Chris Murphy said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting may not have happened if video games did not give the shooter a "false sense of courage."

Previously, republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie said violent games must be examined in the wake of the shooting. Before that, and just a week after the December 14 shooting, the National Rifle Association condemned violent games, saying they were partially to blame for the mass shooting.

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1459 comments
fire12135
fire12135

Says the republican. Republicans are pro gun and war. lol

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Whoa! What's that game where you can slam someone's head into a table saw?!

Rocket2Uranus
Rocket2Uranus

I just did my own research.

"dumb senators bigger problems than video games"

LOL.  it's funny how so many senators are trying to find a scapegoat 

HERP DERP! GUNS ARE EVIL!
HERP DEPR! VIDEO GAMES ARE EVIL!

I blame dumbasses in senate who waste tax payer money.  

So senators would rather blame the video game industry before they would admit these people were just mentally disturbed individuals who had manage to commit some evil shit before anyone was able to raise any alarms?  

maybe instead of finding a scapegoat and pointing fingers at NRA or Video Game Industry, perhaps they should really look into how people can see the signs of someone becoming mentally unstable and what people should do if they suspect someone of being crazy.

moodyfoo
moodyfoo

They say we learn from our mistake....guess the U.S.A. will just never learn

Lhomity
Lhomity

This guy has got to be the most ignorant, repulsively stupid and useless politician in the history of the world.

I pity the United States for even allowing a man like this a job as senator. You guys need to revolt, get rid of clowns like this guy and enact some serious gun control. The more your congress keeps talking about violent games and movies, while continuing to accept money from gun lobbyists, the longer that guns remain easy to possess, the longer your NRA and other clowns continue to parade this bullshit "right to bear arms", the more young and innocent people will die.

 Every time a school or theater gets shot up, people like this stupid senator are at fault. Sitting on his hands doing nothing to solve an ongoing national crisis, and blaming an entertainment medium to divert attention from the fact that America's gun-loving culture is the root of the problem.


I'm so grateful I live in a nation where there is no "right to bear arms". I wish all you folks in the USA can someday have the same. And public healthcare. And banking regulations. And actual democratic elections instead of the farce you guys currently roll out every four years. Overthrow these bastards. You deserve better.

boarwar
boarwar

its easier to get a  gun than a drivers licence.... 

Applying for jobs means multiple background checks and drug tests......


obtaining a gun...."yo you got a credit card? wait 72 hours while we search to see if you have armed robbery in your background".


I shouldn't have to take a learners permit, 100 hours of supervised driving....a drivers test, and a vision test, and a drivers written test...just to operate a vehicle! When i could easily get a gun in 2 days and steal a car myself. 

PRIORITIES. video games are CDs, like a book....its an inanimate object incapable of doing harm unless your process the info and DECIDE FOR YOURSELF to do harm to others.

Guns.... just touch it with your finger and hope no one accidentally gets hurt. 

"just point, and squeeze the trigger, its simple!"

Ive NEVER heard of a video game lobbyist paying off senators.... Greed drives our politics, not OBAMA not BUSH, not any party in particular. GREED from individual sectors trying to free up their restrictions to make profits. Pay off a senator....get them to blame video games, simple smoke n mirrors tactics. Except with lots of Ca$h and the cost of human lives/ well being

pgrammus
pgrammus

I just played Doom, Far Cry, Bulletstorm, all the Call of Dutys, and Crysis 1 & 2... MUST SHOOT PEOPLE... MUST GO ON RAMPAGE...

Parky23
Parky23

these ppl obviously have mental health issues. never played a game where u go to school and randomly start shooting ppl. goverment should focus there attention on more important issues 

carlosgmsousa
carlosgmsousa

OMG where is America going? I live in Portugal (an european country) and I never heard of a mass-shooting. Why? Because here getting a weapon is almost impossible, with all the background checks, the fees you have to pay to have a license to bear a weapon and so on. I have never touched a weapon myself and I am 26 years old. As far as videogames are concerned there's almost no control whatsoever. So why do you refuse to see the truth? I think the problem is that americans are obsessed with weapons.

xMoonDevilx
xMoonDevilx

Yeah.... Forget about that little thing called the current economy in America. 1%ers really do need to focus on more interesting things, as that obviously is no concern for them...nor spending time seeking solutions to the real issues but grandstanding for reelection purposes to stay in that percentage ranking.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Another dumbass... Go to a different country if you have a problem with the amendments. 

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

So, you play bloody and violent movies in prime time on every open TV channel for decades. You sell auto weapons on every corner shop, literally on every neighbourhood, to anyone with a ID card. And then your rulers tell you that videogames are to blame, not the shops, not the movies, not the laws. Games. And then, you wonder why the rest of the world says americans are dumb.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

Gun lobbys trying to divert the public opinion by blaming videogames. What is sad, is to see polititians who were supposed to have the best interest of the people, defending guns despite everything.

pr0teu5
pr0teu5

The Red neck of the year award winner Tennessee senator Lamar "Lame" Alexander:
"Gun don't kill people, game kill people!!!"

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Yeah and the purpose of the Move controller is just as sinister.

victorlamy
victorlamy

where is the fucking evidence that adam played doom in the 90s. WHERE THE FUCK IS IT?

Vodoo
Vodoo

Yea... he condemns games because he's got a house full of guns. 

Srg_Ducky
Srg_Ducky

Seems like your amendment is is having some troubles there keeping your people save, kids killing kid with gun that got driven mad by violant computer games.

Sounds like you needs some advice:

Dont think the "to bare arms" amendment was made with 'fully automatic assault rifles in every home' in mind. 

And Fucking with my games is breaking the second amendment you pig.


MaverickHunter8
MaverickHunter8

These politician just do not learn....now it's real sad because all they want is attention because they feel neglected in the public's eye.

PixelBully
PixelBully

As Charlton Heston would say, " From my cold dead hands!"

No_Intelligence
No_Intelligence

How about that latest tragedy where the 19 year old kills her brother with a gun accidentally while posing for a facebook profile picture?  Is that simply poor gun control or do you blame video games for that too?

TheGamerAttack
TheGamerAttack

I love how easy it is for the National Rifle Association to call out video games when in a video game you're using "rifles"! And how could a game give someone false courage but things like music, with lyrics of men sometimes threatening to kill someone they have "beef" with, and movies not, where in a movie you can see a man take on an entire army by himself and that doesn't give people a "false sense of courage" . A video game is a virtual representation of something that is usually not possible and fake. Rated M games are technically for adults which are supposed to be able to handle themselves. Now that "one" man, one anomaly in a world where thousands die a day from guns, decided to shot up an elementary school people just have to point their greedy,naive pudgy fingers at my place of Zen, video games, which at there core are still basic . So let me conclude by exuberantly expressing my patriotic homage of the First Amendment by saying, CHOKE ON A BIG ONE NRA and you disgrace of a New Jerseyian Republican.

HeroKane
HeroKane

Gun violence, and school shootings both predate video games. So the real issue here is how uneducated our governments leaders are on the subject matter, and how quickly they will jump on a bandwagon with little to no knowledge just to keep in the lime light for the voters. Hmmm. Epic fail on the part of the politicians.

majema007
majema007

SO TRUE! Playing a video game has a more bigger impact on a person than a bullet to their skull!

faizanhd
faizanhd

And old-racist-white republicans are a bigger problem than video games.

Revenant_Evil
Revenant_Evil

Wow. The NRA must really pay their stooges in DC well to spout off BS statements like that. And I just realized what "NRA" really stands for: No Responsibility Assumed.

rann89
rann89

I like how a famous incident happens where people can get attention and everyone thinks they're a psychologist.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

well senators in this country are a bigger problem then guns and violence combined, but you dont see anyone doing anything about that in our lifetime do you?

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

I'll tell you what the real problem is.. his virginity

Battlemed
Battlemed

no guns nor videogames are the problem here, it's the person itself....

Angelsoft717
Angelsoft717

At what point can a politician start thinking for themselves? There is at this point no solid evidence of it leading to violence, so why say anything?

SkyPirateRhys
SkyPirateRhys

He's right though, after playing Ni No Kuni, i felt an overwhelming urge to grab the uzi and the 12 gauge and head into town.

What a freaking idiot.


sykopat99
sykopat99

It's disgusting how these coldhearted bastards use these horrible tragedies to increase their own popularity.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

what an idoit. guns kill people, video games entertain people. yeah real problem people being entertained

Rjasper48
Rjasper48

This knee jerk reaction a great portion us gamers are having is appalling. When something opposes something we enjoy, we are quickly jumping on the defense. "Games aren't the problems, it's guns. This guy is an idiot." etc. etc. Let's do some assessing of our own arguments and not shift the blame. Games could very well be a factor. They are not, however, even close to the biggest factor. Also, blaming guns makes you no better than this man. Just like him, you make an invalid point that is not substantiated by any objective evidence. In turn, making yourself look as foolish as this man.

ThKng
ThKng

the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will definitely not have happened if the shooter DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO GUNS.

darkgod656
darkgod656

Could anyone tell me if this guy is serious? SO VIDEO GAMES ARE WORSE THAN GUNS. 'facepalm'. I bet he was paid by the gun lobby to say this. Last i checked the mother took her children out for SHOOTING. Did his mum get influenced  by video games.? Where do these people get their ideas from? Why don't we blame everything except the main problem? Did video games cause the gunman mental issues?

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

This moron voted for the Iraq War that killed hundreds of thousands of innocents.  Video games made people shoot other people?  How about the vote for the War in Iraq?  You, sir, need psychological help immediately.  By your reasoning, you are one of the biggest dangers in the US, because you ordered the deaths of hundreds of thousands of human beings, a lot of them being innocent bystanders.  Video games caused the shootings?  By the same logic, you pulled the trigger on those hundreds of thousands simply by voting for the war, not the soldiers with the guns.  Please get into a mental facility immedately and resign.  You have no credibility here.

tlhInganMaH
tlhInganMaH

Wow. Looking at the comment section is pretty depressing. Somebody's got to make an inspirational quote. So here you go.

"Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer."

Hold strong my fellow friends. :)

kavmohammed
kavmohammed

The real question is how long before we see a south park episode ridiculing this?

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

I am so glad that this extremely intelligent politician can inform us that video games "Affect people". I am sure the lives of millions have been much more affected by video games than by guns. 

I am so glad this politician is just being honest and not trying to garner more votes from the gun lobbyists, which just so happen to be one of his biggest supporters.


For real though.... the sad thing is, all these politicians have turned this awful event into a political campaign. All the gun-lovers are under heat from the federal government so any politician who is more against games is clearly going to get their vote.


Sad!

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

How exactly is it that people this stupid find there way into positions of power?

Leprickahn
Leprickahn

I shouldn't be scared then if someone is shooting at me because the video games I play at home are much more dangerous to society. 

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

even tho in game he has no choice but my avatar represents a ROBOT who can THINK FOR HIMSELF and HE DOES NOT LIKE WAR! if video games have affected me then really has made me a more PEACEFUL person. Thank Megaman X and those who USE to put there time and heart in the Xseries and the rest of the Megaman games!

griver_heart
griver_heart

Humans have been killing each other long before there was any guns, movies, tv or video games.

It's part of human nature to be violent, unfortunatly, so it's easier to blame it on something else than look inside and check what's really going on.

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

Its the parents, NO its the video games, nu-uh, its the guns, !!! gov't!


Gotta blame something!