Several shootings over the weekend have left people considering gun control in the United States once again – and a Fox News host asks if video games are to blame.
On Friday, a shooting in Milwaukee left 17 injured. On Saturday, a shooting in Buffalo left 10 dead. Then on Sunday a gunman opened fire in a church in California killing one person, another shooting occurred in Houston killing two people.
These are just three of the deadliest shootings that have taken place this weekend.
On Sunday fox report Host Jon Scott was joined by former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent Bernard Zapor to talk about gun control at the following multiple shootings.
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“It seems like these things have gotten so much worse since video games have gotten so realistic and violent, have you done any research or learned that video games tend to just desensitize people to the real results of pressing a trigger?” Scott asked Zapor.
Although Zapor did not say that video games specifically lead to violent actions, he said people have become less connected to others because of texting and online communication.
“We communicate through a medium that was never really intended as a human being, that’s online or texting or that sort of thing, we’re separated as humans to have that connection that builds, I would say, an inner morality,” Zapor said.
Zapor said traditional ways of connecting with others, such as through church or a large family, are becoming less popular.
Zapor went on to explain that large venues like malls or malls may have security measures in place to prepare for filming that he calls “rare events.”
According to Gun Violence Archivesa total of 202 mass shootings have taken place in the United States since the start of 2022.
The United States has more mass shootings than any other country in the world. Many Americans have become familiar with shooting protocol.
Earlier this month, a video of children playing baseball and then taking cover after hearing gunshots went viral on social media, indicating the children have been trained to handle shooting situations . Last year, a nonchalant reaction to a shooting at a carnival sparked a conversation about America’s attitude toward shootings.
On Twitter, people responded to Scott and Zapor’s comment about gun violence and video games.
A study in the journal Perspectives onPsychological Sciences found inconclusive results indicating that video games lead to violent behavior. Although many psychologists agree that there is no clear link.
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