Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Blames Video Games, Not Guns, For Mass Shootings
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky was asked about the mass shooting at in Parkland, Florida, and claimed that video games, not guns, were responsible for real life mass shootings.
Bevin is a strong supporter of the NRA, and told the gun lobbying group in 2016 how Europe was “crumbling” because it limited gun rights, noted the Courier-Journal.
Bevin made his bizarre unsubstantiated claim during an interview with radio host Leland Conway on WHAS, notes Ars Technica:
There are video games that, yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it, and there’s nothing to prevent the child from playing them. They celebrate the slaughtering of people.
There are games that literally replicate and give people the ability to score points for doing the very same thing that these students are doing inside of schools, where you get extra points for finishing someone off who’s lying there begging for their life.
Bevin falsely claimed that video games are “forced down our throats,” when in reality people may choose whether or not to buy and play them:
These are quote-unquote video games, and they’re forced down our throats under the guise of protected speech. It’s garbage. It’s the same as pornography. They have desensitized people to the value of human life, to the dignity of women, to the dignity of human decency. We’re reaping what we’ve sown here.
Bevin was asked if void games should be banned, and he went on to trash movies and Tv shows as well:
I think we need to start by having an honest question about what value any of these things add. Why do we need a video game, for example, that encourages people to kill people. Whether it’s lyrics, whether it’s TV shows, whether it’s movies, I’m asking the producers of these products, these video games and these movies, ask yourselves what redemptive value, other than shock value, other than the hope you’ll make a couple of bucks off it. At what price? At what price?
After the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October 2017, Bevin tweeted, “You can’t regulate evil”:
To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs…You can't regulate evil…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) October 2, 2017