Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has added fire to an already heated topic. The House is expected to finally take a look at video games and their link to real-life violence. This subject has been a point of concern for years except it usually ends up getting pushed aside to address more important issues (the budget for example).
This time however, it cannot be pushed aside. Columbine, Sandy Hook and now the Navy Yard has the public searching for someone to blame. That someone seems to be the gaming industry. Yes, the assailants all played video games but they were also all in need of psychiatric help. In order to validate blaming the gaming industry, the role of a person's mental state and any gun law consideration is being overlooked. An article published by Fox News yesterday actually stated that:
"Like other best-selling games today, Grand Theft Auto V trains millions of young Americans to walk into public places and shoot innocent people."
Apparently, the gaming industry has been presumed guilty of causing the most unspeakable acts of violence, despite the lack of evidence. This is exactly why the ESA has lobbyists looking out for their interests in Washington. Activision has also employed their own lobbying firm to represent them.
On Fox News Thursday, Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) responded to "hostage shooting" metaphors by saying that "it sounds like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have been playing too many violent video games".
A House Republican aide told Huffington Post that "between stories on the news and on Drudge and what they are hearing from their constituents, there are an increasing number of members who want to examine the link between the violence in video games and violence in real life".