Sen Lamar Alexander (R-TN): Video Games Bigger Problem Than Guns

Sen  Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
In a statement that will probably haunt him for the remainder of his time in office, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said the following when answering a question about gun control and gun violence:
"I think video games is a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people."
Yes, you read that right. An actual sitting U.S. Senator actually spoke those words to Chuck Todd during a televised interview.  Shall I count the number of things wrong with this statement?

  1. I want to take out the red-pen-of-doom and correct his subject-verb agreement. Hint, Sen. Lamar: "games" indicates plural verb use; hence, you should have used "are." Alas, this may just be me trying to make lawmakers live up to the standards they think everyone else should aspire to. 
  2. As I have written about extensively on this blog, no demonstrable link has ever been discovered between media/video game violence and real life violence. In fact, if a link did exist, every other first world country that had access to the same media/video games the U.S. has (all of them) would have comparable levels of violence (they don't). 
  3. His answer had absolutely zero to do with the question asked - about universal background checks. This burns my biscuits almost as much as the poor grammar. 
Here's video of that egregious, nails-on-a-chalkboard moment:

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