Rick Santorum Knows What’s Really Causing Mass Shootings

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During a debate on CNN’s State of the Union Sen. Rick Santorum once again wandered into fantasy land, asserting:

Violence in television and the video games — there is a mountain of evidence out there, psychological evidence, about what we’re doing to our young people with these video games, violent video games, and you never hear the left trying to go after Hollywood or the gaming market,” Santorum exclaimed. “It is never involved in this discussion. Where is the solution? Here we are. Where is the solution?

This response is typical Republican hyperbole, devoid of fact and chock full of words designed to rile up the conservative base: Hollywood, gaming market, violent video games, violence in television. Phrases like “there is a mountain of evidence out there” and “(w)here is the solution” lend a false sense of credibility to a nonsense statement.

The “mountain of evidence” is actually more like a molehill. In a report released by the APA Task Force on Violent Media, task force chairman Mark Appelbaum, Ph.D., said,“There is very limited research addressing whether violent video games cause people to commit acts of criminal violence.” This after 20 years of research into the field. Rather than looking for real solutions, such as background checks, limits on the sale of ammunition, or an outright ban on semi-automatic long guns, conservatives like Santorum prefer the easy route: bogus claims of media violence as a cause, or worse, mental illness.


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Santorum and his ilk will continue to offer lies and deceit as the cause of this on-going violence so they can continue to belly up to the NRA trough. They will wring their hands and weep false tears over every mass shooting, offering “thoughts and prayers” instead of real solutions.

What he can’t explain quite so easily is which game was that rich, aging white guy, living in a wealthy suburb of Las Vegas and writing in his bed in an agony of emotional pain was playing that provoked him to slaughter 58 people and maim hundreds of others. He would love Call of Duty, violent as hell but oh so patriotic. Assassin’s Creed? Santorum would love it when the establishment guys take out the rebels. Or perhaps World of Warcraft? That’s it; killing orcs most certainly encourages our kids to become violent crowd-killing monsters. Because it most assuredly cannot be the systematic stifling of individual liberties and creativity that passes for education these days. Nor can we blame the closing of mental health clinics and the lack of funding by insurance companies for mental health treatment. Fixing those problems would require real solutions to real problems. And dealing appropriately with mental health problems doesn’t lend itself to sloganeering and fear mongering. Untreated mental health is a great bugaboo, as is high school drop out rates.


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What Santorum and his ilk don’t get is that none of these labels: gamer, drop out, schizophrenic; none of them fit the Las Vegas shooter. For that matter, they don’t apply to Dylan Root or Timothy McVeigh or any of the dozens of white male shooters responsible for mass shootings. For most conservatives, words are cheap and easy; words get them points with their base; words give them a pass from doing the hard work of real solutions to real problems.

Santorum may not be in office anymore, but he sure is full of bullsh*t still.


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