Kentucky Gov. Blames Video Games For Gun Violence

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In Governor Bevin’s mind, the problem are video games, not easy access to military grade weapons.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin knows how to stop gun violence in America's schools, but it has nothing to do with curbing access to guns or increasing access to mental health care.

Bevin says it is violence in video games and movies that needs restricted in the U.S.

"We need to have an honest conversation as to what should and should not be allowed in the United States as it relates to the things being put in the hands of our young people," Bevin told The Enquirer during a stop in Covington on Thursday.
"I'm a big believer in the First Amendment and right to free speech, but there are certain things that are so graphic as it relates to violence, and things that are so pornographic on a whole another front that we allow to pass under the guise of free speech, which arguably are," Bevin said. "But there is zero redemptive value. There is zero upside to any of this being in the public domain, let alone in the minds and hands and homes of our young people."

The governor claimed that back in his day, kids brought guns to school for show-and-tell but did not use them for violence, saying: "Sometimes they'd be in kids' lockers. Nobody even thought about shooting other people with them. So it's not a gun problem."

Bevin claimed there were more guns per capita 50-100 years ago than now. A report commissioned by Congress in 2012 disputed that. The number of firearms per capita in the United States doubled since 1968, going from one firearm for every two people to one firearm for every person, according to the report performed by the Congressional Research Service.

Following a school shooting in his own state in January that left two students dead and more than a dozen wounded, Bevin raised similar issues:

"We can't celebrate death in video games," Bevin continued, "celebrate death in TV shows, celebrate death in movies, celebrate death in musical lyrics and remove any sense of morality and sense of higher authority and then expect things like this are not going to happen."

As was pointed out at the time, the U.S. is not the only country where violence in entertainment can be found.

"If it was a cultural issue we would see school shootings in other developed nations but we don't," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, told the Daily News ... "These are talking points straight of the NRA playbook," she said.