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

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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:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In addition to writing Tim has frequently worked and volunteered as a civil rights advocate including on campus LGBT advocacy as well as interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division.