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International - August 6, 2019

Trump blames video games on El Paso mass shooting

President Donald Trump on Monday seemed  to blame video games, in part, for the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend that took the lives of 31 people, adding to comments made by other prominent Republicans about the tragedies.

According to Media post, the video game industry association said the claim had no foundation in fact.

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” Trump told reporters. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.”

Other Republicans pointed their fingers at the gaming industry as well.  Sunday on Fox News, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said, “What’s changed in this country? We’ve always had guns. We’ve always had evil. But what’s changed where we see this rash of shootings?” he said. “And I see a video game industry that teaches young people to kill.”

A manifesto, reportedly written by the El Paso shooter shortly before he began his rampage at a Walmart store, made brief references to the “Call of Duty” video game.

Patrick suggested a link. “This was maybe a video game to this evil demon…. He has no sense of humanity, no sense of life. He wanted to be a super soldier, for his ‘Call of Duty’ game.”

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