The Washington Navy Yard shooting left nearly a dozen dead and many other injured, including the demise of the shooter himself. While the tragedy was reported by all major news outlets, the co-hosts of the Fox News show "Fox and Friends" decided to take the tragedy in a different direction.
New Fox News host and former co-host of the view, Elizabeth Hasselbeck spoke of the tragedy by deflecting away from gun rights, instead putting the blame on violent video games.
“You know, certainly, this topic has already taken a turn again, the left’s already making this about gun control. One thing that happens often in a situation as tragic as this is we start to spread blame where it possibly doesn't belong, right? I think we all know where the blame truly belongs, and that would be right in Alexis’ hands.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade also chimed in, agreeing that the shooter has an "obsession" with playing shooting video games.
"You talk about this guy’s background, as we look into it. He’s got a friend, who said, ‘Yeah, he had an obsession with video games, shooting video games. In fact, he would come over and he would be playing so long, these video games, these shooting games, we’d have to give him dinner, we’d have to feed him while he continued to stay on them.’”
Hasselbeck agreed, noting that instead of creating a registry for guns, frequent testing should be done for people who blame video games, especially in the male age range of 20 to 34 years of age.
"Are more people susceptible to playing video games? Is there a link between a certain age group or [demographic] in 20- to 34-year-old men, perhaps, that are playing these video games and their violent actions?
What about frequency testing? How often has this game been played? I’m not one to get in there and say, monitor everything, but if this, indeed, is a strong link, right, to mass killings then why aren't we looking at frequency of purchases per person? And also, how often they’re playing and maybe they time out after a certain hour."
While Fox News and the right-wing media quickly dismiss the idea of background checks as nothing more than "liberal propaganda," the majority of the American people disagree. According to recent polls, nearly 90 percent of Americans support expanding background checks, including both Republicans and Democrats. Fox News and others will continue their agenda against common sense gun laws, but it doesn't seem to be sticking to the American people.