AOC Calls Out Kevin McCarthy for Suggesting Video Games to Blame for Mass Shootings

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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.

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.”

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.

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banstan
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michael- maybe you need to take your own advice about pulling your head out. Her quote was,“Video games aren’t causing mass shootings, white supremacy is”. Your comment was,”Science backs her up on this one.” So why don’t you try to explain to everyone here how white supremacy is NOT part of the conversation.

banstan
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Contusion- you obviously know nothing about the Dayton shooter. But, as you gave constantly done in the past, your lack of knowledge doesn’t keep you from showing how little you know about something. And since you’ve stated here in the past that ONLY Trump and his supporters are racist and white nationalists, the background of the Dayton shooter definitely destroys your theories on the subject.

James
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AOC should begin to keep her trap shut. With her Chief of Staff having to resign over some crooked financial dealings (at least $885,000 worth) THEY were concocting, the Federal Elections Commission is now hot on HER tail. Her term in Office may not last until the 2020 election season.

General Confusion
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“Show anybody here where science says these mass shootings are caused by white supremacy.” banstan

babstan is confused.

Science isn’t needed to read the many manifestos left behind or posted on the web by these usually dead racist attackers. Their own words peg them as racists and / or white nationalists. In 2018 alone 98% of mass shootings were done by those types of shooters. Anything else is nonsense.

Kris Miller
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It never fails, all these mass shooters carrying the Democratic ideology and yet it’s somehow the Republican’s fault. AOC needs to man up and take responsibility for the actions of her political party.

Michael
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Banstan, who is talking about white supremacy? Try looking up research on video games. McCarthy is spreading BS for fools to shovel.

banstan
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*michael*
just in case the drop down doesn’t work—

You are so full of it. Show anybody here where science says these mass shootings are caused by white supremacy.

Michael
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Science backs her up on this one.

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