Fox News is already linking “violent” games to Buffalo Shooting

A picture of the supermarket where a gunman opened fire.

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Time is a flat circle. It’s the year 2022 and a FoxNews Anchor recently asked an on-air guest if he believed video games enabled mass shootings or not.

On Saturday, an 18-year-old white man named Payton Gendron open fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. He 10 people killed and three injured, the majority of whom were black residents. After planning his crime via Discord, he drove 200 miles in full tactical gear and streamed the shootout on Twitch. Gendron has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

FoxNews introduced Bernard Zapor to discuss the causes of mass shootings. Zapor was a former special agent for the Department of Justice’s firearms division and currently a college criminal justice instructor. News anchor Jon Scott asked Zapor, “It seems like things have gotten so much worse since video games got so realistic and so violent. Have you researched or learned that video games tend to desensitize people to the actual outcome of pulling a trigger? He didn’t mention the shooter 180-page manifesto about being a staunch racist.

While Zapor wasn’t keen on rekindling the video game controversies of the 1990s, his response wasn’t necessarily more coherent: “I think in terms of causality, the information tells us that as individuals and as groups, we’re becoming more and more being disenfranchised, people leaving a faith, for example, family units becoming smaller or more disjointed, we live farther apart. We communicate through a medium that was never really meant for humans, namely the Internet. Or via SMS. Or things like that. We are separated as humans to have connections that build an inner morality.” So there you have it folks: it’s not Call of Duty. It’s actually your phones and your social media accounts that are shaking your reluctance to open fire on innocent people.

No it is not. It’s about the Great Replacement Theory, a mistaken belief that there is a concerted effort to eliminate the white majority. It turns out that if you give white supremacists easy access to guns and tell them that minorities will spell the end of their race, they sometimes choose to commit horrific acts of violence. but FoxNews will not establish this connection as long as they play a national role Foster fear of “illegal immigration”. and the declining dominance of white Christians.

The Buffalo tragedy isn’t the first time video games have been blamed for mass shootings. The most notorious example was the Columbine shootings of 1999. That ChicagoTribune reports that the perpetrators were fans of the video game demiseand “used it to prepare for their attack.” After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Senator Joseph Lieberman said, that young men like the shooter had a “hypnotic involvement in violent video games.” When asked whether or not stronger gun control was the answer to gun violence, a Republican congressman responded NPR: “The biggest drivers of violence are undoubtedly Hollywood films, undoubtedly the video game market.” FoxNews has previously written an article that linked first-person shooter games to a gunman who attacked a Washington Navy Yard.

Despite politicians’ eagerness to find a plausible scapegoat for their own political failures, major video game markets such as Canada, Europe and Asia have do not report Hundreds of mass shootings every year compared to the United States.

The Justice Department is currently under investigation the Buffalo shooting as a hate crime. Fox News is already linking “violent” games to Buffalo Shooting

Curtis Crabtree

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