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The Real Connection Between Video Games and Mass Shootings

Republicans have found a culprit to blame for this weekend’s dual mass shootings, and it’s not guns or white nationalism. It’s video games. The trend started with Fox News host Jon Scott, who speculated on Saturday that the shooter might be a young man who grew up playing video games. This thinking has since been picked up by others, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who suggested video games “dehumanize individuals,” and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who speculated that for the shooter, the murders were “a video game to him. 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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