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Joe Scarborough calls for tougher gun regulation while blaming video games

Joe Scarborough December 17, 2012
Joe Scarborough December 17, 2012
Screenshot from MSNBC video

On his Monday show, conservative commentator Joe Scarborough said that the "ideologies" of his career as a US House of Representative are no longer relevant.

Scarborough said, "Our bill of rights does not guarantee gun manufacturers the absolute right to sell military-style, high-caliber, semi-automatic combat assault rifles with high-capacity magazines to whoever the hell they want."

He called on the US Congress to put the nation's children ahead of gun rights advocates, "to put children before deadly dogmas."

Friday's Newtown elementary school shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, has clearly changed Scarborough's long-held gun rights beliefs.

But the conservative couldn't stop at reasonable restrictions to the second amendment, Scarborough spent quite a bit of his show Monday blasting Hollywood and video game makers.

While it's certainly possible that the Newtown murderer played video games, there is no doubt that he carried an assault weapon capable of shooting 10 bullets per second.

Scarborough's attack on movie studios and video game makers seemed misplaced.

As anyone with even a mild interest in art can attest, art doesn't create a society, but rather it's a reflection, or a product, of a society.

Scarborough went on to say how bad it is for 8-year-old boys to play violent videogames or watch violent movies.

But the decision to allow a small child to partake in adult entertainment is something that a child's parent allows.

Video games designed for adults have warning labels on them to notify parents that the game may not be suitable for their child. Movie ratings are also a clue for parents that the content is geared for adults and not a child.

While it's encouraging that Scarborough has changed his gun rights positions, it's discouraging that he can't avoid setting up an argument of distraction at the same time.

The Newtown massacre highlights two problems our nation faces: assault weapons and mental health.

While we can't prevent people from having mental health problems, we don't have to arm those inflicted either.

The solutions are simple. Reinstate an assault weapons and high-capacity magazine ban and invest in mental health treatment and awareness.

Creating an Art Police is not the answer.

You can watch Scarborough's elocution here.


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