Fox News is already linking ‘violent’ games to Buffalo Shooting

Photo of a store shot by a shooter.

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Flat circle time. year 2022, and Fox News The announcer asked a guest on air recently whether or not he thinks video games allow for mass shooting.

On Saturday, an 18-year-old white man named Payton Gendron open fire In a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. he is 10 people were killed and three were injuredMost of them are black residents. After planning his crime on Discord, he drove 200 miles in full tactical gear and broadcast the shooting on Twitch. Gendron pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.

Fox News Bernard brought Zabor to discuss the causes of the mass shooting. Zabor was a former Special Agent for the Firearms Division of the Department of Justice and currently a college instructor in criminal justice. News anchor John Scott Zabor asked, “It seems that things have gotten a lot worse since video games have become so realistic and so violent. Have you done research or learned that video games tend only to desensitize people to the actual outcome of pulling the trigger?” fire 180 page statement About being a committed racist.

While Zabor wasn’t keen on conveying controversies about video games in the 1990s, his response wasn’t necessarily more coherent: “I’m thinking in terms of causation, what the information shows us is that we are getting more disadvantaged as individuals and groups, people leave religion for example, family units get smaller. Or more separated, we live farther away. We communicate through a medium that was never intended for humans, which is online. Or through text messages. Or these kinds of things. We separate as human beings to have bonds that build inner morals.” So there you have it, folks: It’s not like that Call of duty. Indeed, it is your cell phones and social media accounts that eliminate your reluctance to open fire on innocent people.

no not like that. It is about extension The Great Substitution TheoryA misconception that there is a concerted effort to eliminate the white majority. It turns out, if you give white supremacists easy access to guns and tell them that minorities will mark the end of your race, they sometimes decide to commit horrific acts of violence. But Fox News They will not make this connection while playing a national role in Fomenting fear of “illegal immigration” and the The decline of the dominance of white Christians.

The Buffalo tragedy isn’t the first time video games have been blamed for mass shootings. The most famous example was the Columbine shooting incident in 1999. Chicago Tribune She stated that the perpetrators were video game fans death, and “used it to prepare for their attack”. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Senator Joseph Lieberman he said that Young like the shooter was “hypnotic involvement in violent video games”. When a Republican congressman was asked whether or not strong gun control was the answer to gun violence NPR: “The biggest promoter of violence is, the Hollywood movies, hands down, the video game market.” Fox News she has previously written An article linking first-person shooter games with a gunman who attacked a Navy yard in Washington.

Although politicians are eager to find plausible scapegoats for their political failures, major video game markets such as Canada, Europe and Asia don’t report Hundreds of mass shootings every year compared to United State.

Ministry of Justice is Currently investigating Shooting buffaloes as a hate crime.

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