While it was exciting Wednesday when BlackBerry came out with a brand new operating system and two new cellphones that run on the OS, all of the news rotating around the gun issue in this country wasn't.
Let's recap. On Jan. 17, President Barack Obama introduced his new proposals for gun laws. This caused thousands of people to literally rise up in arms against him. But since Obama gave his speech two weeks ago there have been numerous shootings across the country. In the past few days there were shootings in Arizona, Alabama, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. There were also three accidental shootings at gun shows.
It seems there is a shooting every day now. This is probably because the media has done a better job at covering them, since gun control has become the hot-button issue. As a collective, we are paying more attention to those stories.
Not only have there been multiple shootings, but a rival amount of excuses have been flying regarding the cause behind this violence, one of the biggest being video games. Yes, there is a problem with the way care for the mentally ill is handled in this country and that does need to change. But blaming video games, above all things, for the surge of violence, is idiotic.
During a hearing on gun control Wednesday in Washington, Sen. Lamar Alexander said, "I think video games is a bigger problem than guns because video games affects people."
Video games do affect people but not in a violent way. In 2011, the Supreme Court stated that there was no evidence showing that violent video games have a negative affect of kids.
Politicians need to stop trying to find a scapegoat. Or, as Washington lawyer Mark Kogan put it, "The reality is that video games are simply being trotted out in a naked attempt to turn the conversation away from guns. No reasonable person under the age of 30 actually believes video games make you violent anymore than having a driver's license makes you a NASCAR driver."
The majority of gun owners are responsible. It's these bad eggs that ruin it for everyone else. Obama already started to get the ball rolling on this gun control debate. Is it the right one? That is for the individual to decide.
Whether gun bans are passed or not, the issue that needs to be addressed is mental health. There needs to be more help and funding for it, not less.