Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) isn’t buying the Republican talking point that video games are to blame for mass shootings. On Sunday, she tweeted a response to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who said video games are part of the problem behind mass shootings.
McCarthy’s Fox News interview followed a weekend that was marred by mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
“Video games aren’t causing mass shootings, white supremacy is,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Sadly, the GOP refuse to acknowledge that, [because] their strategy relies on rallying a white supremacist base.”
“That‘s why the President hosts stadiums of people chanting ‘send her back’ & targets Congress-members of color,” she added.
Video games aren’t causing mass shootings, white supremacy is.
Sadly the GOP refuse to acknowledge that, bc their strategy relies on rallying a white supremacist base.
That‘s why the President hosts stadiums of people chanting “send her back”& targets Congress-members of color. https://t.co/8F51h46bOO
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 4, 2019
Police in Texas are treating the El Paso shooting as an act of domestic terrorism. Both of the shooters were young, white men in their 20s, and at least one of them left behind a racist manifesto.
McCarthy suggested video games played a role in mass shootings during an interview on Fox News:
“The idea of these video games, to dehumanize individuals, to have a game of shooting individuals and others — I’ve always felt that is a problem for future generations and others. We’ve watched from studies shown before of what it does to individuals. When you look at these photos of how it took place, you can see the actions within video games and others.”
And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only one who was frustrated with McCarthy’s suggestion that the video games are the problem behind mass shootings.
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted several sarcastic references to video games and shootings before writing, “Deal with facts & stop making shit up.”
Dear @GOPLeader: Remember when the El Paso mass shooter based his manifesto on "Fortnite"?
Or how the Charleston mass shooter said "Overwatch" made him angry?
Or how the Las Vegas mass shooter couldn't win at "Donkey Kong" and got mad?
Deal with facts & stop making shit up. https://t.co/oLHmc1UlQv
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 5, 2019
The shootings have increased calls for gun control, but Lieu, Ocasio-Cortez, and McCarthy won’t be able to vote on any legislation at least until after the August recess. Members of Congress are currently away from Washington and aren’t expected back until after Labor Day.