Last weekend saw two more mass shootings(a shooting at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas where 22 people were killed, and another in Dayton, Ohio where nine people were killed, including the gunman's own sister) a weekend after another mass shooting at a garlic festival in California, and as such, the shootings yet again drew more calls for censorship and more calls for gun control, even though both are unconstitutional.
It seems to me like both the left and right want to continue seeing mass shootings happen, not just because they want to continue the policies that lead to these mass shootings in the first place(censorship and gun control, which have never worked in the first place), but also because they refuse to address the real problems with society today that have also lead to mass shootings as well as the political divide because it would mean blaming the general populace for the shootings.
I am going to sound like a broken record on this, since I've mentioned these issues numerous times before, but these issues bear repeating until the world finally gets it through their thick 33 pound waterheads. America does not and has NEVER had any problems with guns or video games or any other tangible inanimate object. We have a problem when it comes to mentality. It's in the collective mind of society, and it is not the fault of an outside source. The usual scapegoats for mass shootings are nothing more than symptoms of bigger issues and it's not necessarily mental illness.
The five biggest problems with society today are as follows:
<----- Lack of Respect for the Concept of Personal Accountability and Personal Responsibility ----->
Come on, you had to know that this would be the first thing I will mention.
The Baby Boomers and Generation X have created this problem over the last 40 years by playing the 'Blame Game' whenever tragedy happens, and while it's gotten gradually worse since Columbine, it's gotten even worse since Charlottesville(which wasn't a mass shooting, but the reaction was similar with its calls for censorship).
The last three generations have been telling us that it's always someone or something else's fault when we screw up in life, which is wrong. To quote Andrew Ryan from BioShock one more time, "What separates a man from a slave?......A man CHOOSES, a slave OBEYS." People act like we are somehow enslaved by the news media, the entertainment industry, the National Rifle Association, etc., but the whole 'Monkey see, monkey do' argument is bullshit. It's still 'Monkey see's' CHOICE to 'Monkey do'.
The reaction to the most recent mass shootings continue to show the lack of respect for personal accountability and personal responsibility when everyone is looking for someone or something else to blame other than the two men who made their individual conscious choice to pull the trigger of their firearms at unsuspecting people in El Paso and Dayton.
Just like with the Parkland, Florida school shooting last year(and the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012), President Trump once again falsely blamed fake 'violent' video games for the shootings just because both shooters were in their early 20s, which is total bullshit and once again proved correct GamePolitics.com founder Dennis McCauley's theory that if a mass shooter turns out to be younger than 30 years old, the more likely the news media and the politicians will scapegoat fake "violent" video games. Even though the average age of a person playing video games is currently around 35 years old and more women are playing video games than teenage boys are according to surveys done by the Entertainment Software Association.
It also ignores the fact that millions and millions of people of all ages around the world play video games regardless of the content of the game and don't go out to commit violence in the real world, as evidenced by the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, that shows that violent crime(which inculdes mass shootings) has fallen by roughly 50% since 1991(even if American cities are not required by federal statute to release their yearly crime statistics). It also ignores the fact that Japan makes up half the video game industry and has no real issues with violent crime. Or South Korea, one of the biggest video game markets outside the US and Japan, for that matter. Or how Canada and the US share the same viewing habits and same entertainment.
And as I've said before, President Trump has zero credibility when he complains about video games when he is friends with Vince McMahon, had no problem getting physical with Vince at WrestleMania 23, and is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, making him a hypocrite. Granted, being a hypocrite didn't stop Arnold Schwarzenegger while he was governor of California in pushing his state's anti-video game law(sponsored by a guy who ended up in federal prison for gun trafficking) all the way to the US Superme Court, but still. Although, Trump does come off as indirectly blaming Vince McMahon and WWE when he falsely blames fake 'violent' video games since WWE has a licensing deal with Take-Two Interactive, the same company that publishes Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and Bully. Not to mention that Trump currently has Vince's wife Linda McMahon working on his re-election campaign after she was a part of his Cabinet for most of the last two years as head of the Small Business Administration.
Trump is an intelligent man("Stupid like a fox" as TJ Kirk, the Amazing Atheist, once put it), so he has to know that he has no chance in hell of winning any fight with the video game industry because of the US Supreme Court decision in Brown v. EMA in June 2011. He can thank Antonin Scalia for that decision which said that video games are protected free speech under the First and Fourteenth Amendments and that violent content in entertainment is exempt from obsecnity law.
It also doesn't help his cause that the research into playing video games is firmly in the video game industry's favor. Study after study, especially those done after the Supreme Court's decision that claim to have fixed the flaws in methodology in the studies that were cited by the court in the Brown v. EMA decision, continue to show that there is no evidence fake 'violent' video games cause people to go out and commit violence in the real world. Oxford University even said there is "definitively" no such link. The US Center for Disease Control couldn't even prove the link exists when ordered to study the issue after Sandy Hook by then-President Barack Obama.
Claming that there is a link between fake 'violent' video games and violent behavior should now be considered a conspiracy theory on the same level as the idea that the Earth is flat or that Sandy Hook was staged, especially when the researchers that do claim that such a link exists can't even prove that playing a 'violent' video game is worse than watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon or even reading the violent passages in the Bible. And the researchers can't even prove the other biggest complaint about 'violent' video games 'causing' real world violence, and that's the idea of desensitization. A study in Germany that was released after Parkland last year found no evidence that 'violent' video games desensitize the player to real world violence.
Maybe Trump should quit listening to Vice President Mike Pence or other evangelical people in both his Cabinet and the GOP, since they themselves are ignoring that Jesus Christ himself said that outside forces like fake 'violent' video games cannot be blamed for what is already within the heart and soul of a person who goes out and commits evil. Mr. Pence, Brent Bozell III, Franklin Graham, and others should go back and read either Matthew 15:18-20 or Mark 7:20-23.
But not to be outdone, the Democrats and the far left once again falsely blamed guns and the National Rifle Association just because the NRA is better at lobbying than they are. But that's gotten old to some Democrats since several including former President Obama have now taken to blaming President Trump himself for his rhetoric over the last four years since he first announced his candidacy for President, specifically his commentary against illegal immigration and against certain members of Congress because both shooters also happened to be white men(even though the Dayton shooter was a far left wacko like the old man that shot Steve Scalise in Alexandria, Virginia in June 2017), because they believe Trump to be a 'racist', which Trump has denied on both counts.
Just as Trump is wrong to falsely blame fake 'violent' video games for mass shootings, the left is equally wrong to blame Trump or guns or the NRA for the same mass shootings. It is not Trump's fault if someone CHOOSES to take his words to heart.
Besides, if President Trump has to take responsibility for the shootings because of his rhetoric, then every Democrat and their supporters should also take responsibility for the shootings because of their own rhetoric and behavior against Trump and all of his supporters. That includes Barack Obama, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Pete Buttigieg, Beta O'Rourke, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Elijah Cummings, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, Michael Moore, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Chris Evans, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Bree Larson, Christopher Titus, George Takei, Lebron James, Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan.
It ALWAYS takes two to tango.
Also, if Trump's rhetoric is to blame for the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, then every far left so-called 'journalist' at CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Salon, Vox, Vice, and Buzzfeed should also accept responsibility for the shootings as well with their rhetoric against Trump and his supporters that included calls for violence against both them and the federal government, especially by Carlos Maza and Shaun King, with the recent attack on journalist Andy Ngo by Antifa in Portland at the end of June and the Antifa terrorist that tried to firebomb an ICE detention center in Tacoma a few weeks ago.
But all it ultimately does is take responsibility away from the actual prepatrators of the shootings, the shooters themselves. It's like the song about the woman who ate a spider to catch a fly. By falsely blaming guns, video games, President Trump, the NRA, or anything else, the shooters are now four or five steps away from their responsibility for the shootings. Steve Scalise does not blame Bernie Sanders for his getting shot during a baseball practice two years ago by a supporter of Sanders and Scalise has every reason to. So, how is anything other than the shooter to blame for a mass shooting?
<------ The Need for Instant Gratification and Becoming Too Overcome With Rage in the Process ----->
Another thing I've mentioned before is that patience is no longer seen as a virtue. We've become conditioned to expect everything almost immediately after we ask for it. We can post our thoughts on social media and get instant feedback from the people that have chosen to follow us whether they agree with what we say or not and we can order stuff from Amazon and get it the next day. Instant gratification has become the new norm in society and it's becoming a bigger issue as society continues to become more technologically advanced and more automated.
Because of instant gratification, people today, even if they are normally responsible gun owners, have become much more willing to use a weapon or use any other form of violence to settle any dispute they may have. As WWL Radio host Scoot pointed out, while responsible gun owners own guns for protection or for sport, too many people are now wanting to own a gun simply to gain respect and confidence. As such, they end up developing the instinct to use their gun to settle an argument, manifest revenge, or to stand up for their or their friends' reputations. This is something we've been seeing for the last 20 years or so, specifically with road rage.
A couple of days after the two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, there was a story where two men were waiting in line at the customer service desk at a Baton Rouge Wal-Mart and got into an argument where both men pulled out their firearms, shot once at each other, and both missing their intended target with one hitting an innocent bystander who was buying a lunchbox for his kid for school. The bystander wasn't seriously injured, and the two men ran out of the Wal-Mart and were caught later. But, like most stories these days, that turned out to be fake news. What, was that story from the Babylon Bee or the Onion?
Even if the story was fake, that story epitomizes one of the biggest problems that instant gratification has brought. We are no longer willing to resolve a conflict peacefully. A simple argument can't seem to be settled without escalating into violence. Whether we do it ourselves or not, we allow ourselves to become so angry and hostile, either at the world for whatever reason or at certain people for daring to have a different opinion than we do or for daring to criticize a certain person or an ideology, whether we like that person or ideology or not. Especially as the news media and their political activists pretending to be journalists encourage conflct whenever and wherever possible.
Another problem with instant gratification(and also with personal accountability) is that we are too obsessed with wanting a quick fix that is politically expedient to solve a complex issue. Calling for banning tangible objects like guns and fake 'violent' video games and even calls to expand background checks to buy a gun are nothing more than a quick fix that does nothing to address the root cause: human behavior. And it's because politicians and celebrities don't want to be seen as blaming their own constituents and fans for why something tragic happens.
We know from experience that prohibition has never worked. Look at the attempt to completely ban alcohol in the United States. Look at the current war on drugs. It's the same argument against socialism and Communism, two things that have never worked either.
And one more issue with instant gratification is we're becoming too emotionally attached to an issue. When a tragedy like a mass shooting happens, we post about it on social media and we expect politicians to immediately address the issue, whether they're in session or not or even if the solution is constitutional or not.
Tim Pool also made a good point about how people and the same so-called journalists have become too obsessed with how many likes and followers they have on social media. I myself have actually seen people try to use everyone's follower count on Twitter to try to justify their arguments. So, if the number of followers somehow means your argument is more solid and has more validity to it, then that means Pewdiepie should have more power at YouTube than its CEO or even Google's CEO and everything he says on YouTube should be the law of the land on that platform, since Felix Kjellberg has the most subscribers on YouTube for an independent content creator.
<---- Push To Promote Reckless Sexual Gratification Coupled With Lack of Parenting ---->
Going back to what I posted about parenting or the lack thereof, a lot of the biggest issues with society boil down to the beginning of life, when sperm meets and penetrates an egg. Not talking about having sex just for the sake of having sex, but having it recklessly with without any regard for the consequences, which could include pregnancy or an STD. The mentality of seeing a person as nothing more than a sexual conquest or as a sperm donor. The mentality of seeing a child as no different than a household pet like a dog or a cat(gee, that describes Casey Anthony in a nutshell, also the mother of a certain 12 year old drag queen....). Actions that are no longer seen as shameful, considering that some people have had multiple children with multiple partners.
A lot of that can be traced to a sex education system that focuses too much on abstinance before marriage and not enough on how to practice safe sex. Even though teen pregnancy has actually dropped in recent years(along with the birth rate in general), teenagers and most young adults are always going to be sexually active and as such, will always experiment, i.e. 'playing doctor'. Again, a lot of this is because Americans for the most part still see sexual activity and nudity as taboo, especially in entertainment media, unlike in Japan and basically all of Europe and Asia.
It doesn't help that parents today have abdicated some of their responsibilities as parents, partly because we took parenting advice from people who have no children like Oprah Winfrey. As I said before, "Parents today just don't understand that it is their responsibility to teach their child the difference between right and wrong. Parents today just don't understand that it is their responsibility to monitor and control their child's consumption of entertainment media. Parents today just don't understand that it is their responsibility to teach their child that they are the only ones responsible for their behavior regardless of what they were exposed to both in entertainment and in real life. And parents just don't understand that it is also their responsibility if their under 18 child does something wrong(For example, Lionel Tate's idiot mother; go find the episode of A&E's old show American Justice about that case)."
An arguably positive example would be Ann Kechter, whose son Matthew was one of the victims at Columbine. In his second autobiography "Foley is Good: And the Real World is Faker than Wrestling", Mick Foley mentioned being offended to the point of anger while watching the Parents Television Council's fundraising video against WWE when original NBC Tonight Show host Steve Allen, one of the PTC's celebrity spokesmen at the time until his death in October 2000, tried to falsely blame WWE for Columbine(and for the school shootings in Paducah, Kentucky and Jonesboro, Arkansas) in a hushed tone. Well, the most offensive statement in that video beyond showing the clip of Foley being thrown off the top of the Hell in a Cell twice by the Undertaker at King of the Ring in June 1998 eleven times throughout the course of the video when that clip was the only one shown more than once.
Anyway, Foley went on to mention he had become friends with the Kechter family after an uncle of Matthew's had contacted WWE about asking Mick to call the Kechter house to talk to Matthew's brother Adam to help boost his spirits since Mick was Adam's favorite wrestler. To make the phone call more special, Mick decided to walk around the arena they were at and ask his fellow WWE wrestlers to join in a call that lasted over an hour and a lot of the WWE superstars did, seeing it as an honor, not an obligation. Foley mentions that the family told him that the call from Foley and the other WWE superstars meant more than a call from then-President Bill Clinton because the family felt WWE's call came from the heart much more than Clinton's call.
When Foley asked Ann about what he saw on the PTC's video blaming violence on television for the massacre(the PTC didn't really start going after video games until a few years later), she told Foley outright with assertiveness and a bit of anger that she blamed the parents of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris for the shooting, simply because Harris and Klebold planned out the attack on Columbine for at least a year under their parents' noses. And she, along with the families of the other victims, got to see everything Klebold and Harris said on video and wrote about what they intended to do.
Harris and Klebold even took responsibility for their own actions on April 20, 1999 in their writings and commentary, with Harris saying, "Do not blame the games, we chose to do this."
While research has consistently shown that there is a much stronger correlation between an unstable home life and crime than there ever was between fake "violent" video games and crime, we shouldn't expect parents to be perfect. Our parents were never like the ones we saw in sitcoms or dramas like the Huxtables, the Cleavers, the Nelsons, the Keatons, the Bankses, the Seavers, the Lamberts, the Winslows, the Tanners, the Waltons, the Cohens, or the Cunninghams. Whether we want to admit it or not, our families were always like the Bundys, the Bunkers, the Conners, the Tituses, the Goldbergs, and the Simpsons.
But they should at least try to live up to those lofty expectations, even if they can't be reached and even if certain actors that played those roles(like Bill Cosby or 7th Heaven's Stephen Collins) didn't exactly live up to them either.
<----- Lack of Trust and/or Faith in Humanity ----->
Another thing that's been brought up in recent years, but has its roots from the corporate legacy news media, is the need to demonize people, especially today in the name of political correctness. We have been conditioned to automatically assume the worst in people and automatically assume they're guilty of something. Look at what happened to current US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year during the process of his confirmation to the court by the US Senate.
Tarl Warwick, Styxhexenhammer666, has been pointing out consistently over the last three years or so that we are in the middle of a massive moral panic where certain groups are using race, racism, and other forms of identity politics to justify their push for political power and calls for censorship among other things, just like the Red Scare in the 1950s and the Satanic Panic in the 1980s. Coupled with that, Styx has said that this new moral panic is occuring within a political paradigm shift, which Tim Pool and Dave Rubin have also constantly pointed out, showing how the Democrats have shifted farther and farther to the left over the last 40 years, but moreso since the start of Barack Obama's second term as President in 2013. As Jason Whitlock from Fox Sports told Rubin, the Democrats have gone from classic moderate New York liberalism(which is basically what Donald Trump actually is) to militant San Francisco liberalism/progressivism.
It also doesn't help that the idea of political correctness has gone so far out of hand that crticizing the behavior of an individual within a certain group is somehow an attack on the entire group of people. Recently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused of fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi of being racist towards her because Pelosi had been highly critical of her. And of course, there was the incident after the Christchurch shooting earlier this year where Chelsea Clinton was falsely blamed for the shooting because she was critical of Ilhan Omar's anti-Semetic comments.
Carl Benjamin, Sargon of Akkad, has consistently shown how the concept of social justice(and feminism and other identitarianist ideologies), and in particular, how the far left perceives social justice, has become its own religion, with the biggest difference is that the far left has no concept for forgiveness, making redemption impossible.
In his book "Don't Know Much About History", Kenneth C. Davis defined McCarthyism as "a smear campaign of groundless accusations from which the accused can not escape, because professions of innocence become admissions of guilt and only confessions are accepted." Benjamin himself is a prime example of this modern day McCarthyism(and as I've said before and earlier, so are video games).
When he ran for the European Union's Paraliment under UKIP's banner earlier this year(which wouldn't have been needed in the first place if then-Prime Minister Theresa May hadn't sabotaged the UK's exit from the EU and ultimately didn't matter because Nigel Farage's new party, the Brexit Party, rode Farage's cult of personality to victory), the British news media that Sargon called 'dirty, dirty smear merchants' at the press conference announcing his candidacy only proved him(and me and millions of other true believers) 100% correct about them by constantly bringing up an old tweet he posted towards a female MP three years ago. You know which tweet, even though technically, it no longer exists because Sargon got banned from Twitter for unrelated bullshit reasons. A funny tweet that I find it curious that Jess Phillips didn't care about for three years before Carl Benjamin decided to run for political office. Hmmmm.....some people wouldn't even run for political office, especially in a place that is an authoritarian police state cowed to political correctness(see Tommy Robinson).
And that's not even talking about what happened to Sargon during some of his campaign stops(since the UK is much farther left in their politics than the United States is and it seems like the Democrats in the US are in a race with the UK Labour Party over who can go further left without alienating their entire base). Certain far left scumbags decided since a scumbag Muslim racist dumped a milkshake over Tommy Robinson's head while Robinson was also running for EU Parliament as an independent(because no party in the UK wanted him because of his past actions with the English Defense League), everyone they disagree with(i.e. hate with unbridled passion) should have milkshakes thrown on them. And idiots obliged, with Nigel Farage, Milo Yiannopolous(who was a guest speaker during a couple of Sargon's campaign stops), and Sargon himself getting hit with milkshakes on numerous occasions. Sargon even had a fish thrown at his head while he was conducting an interview with a local newspaper. He even had HORSE SHIT dumped on him!
And naturally, things escalated. Milkshakes weren't enough. At the same time Andy Ngo was getting beaten up by Antifa cowards, the soyboy scumlords of Antifa threw milkshakes that were laced with quick-drying cement, an alkaline substance, thus acid, onto people. But it couldn't have been because a fat ugly British bitch who calls her a 'comedian' named Jo Brand called for acid attacks. Nahhhhhhhh.
To Benjamin's credit, even if it can be argued that it ultimately did cost him the election, he refused to back down or even apologize, because he saw it for what it was. The PC inquisition wouldn't even accept a 'confession' i.e. apology. And it continues to show how the news media cares only about gossip and scandal because we react more to negative stories than positive stories.
After all, nobody could have possibly proved that they were NOT a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. The Jews could not prove that they were NOT a cause of economic problems in 1930s Nazi Germany. During the Red Scare, the people accused of being Communists could NOT prove they were NOT a Communist. And during the Satanic Panic, the people accused being devil worshippers could NOT prove that they did NOT worship Satan. Maybe people confused Satan with satin(like satin sheets, satin lingerie, satin slips. Mmmmm, satin slips--wait, what?). And today, anybody accused of being a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a bigot, etc. have no way to prove they are NOT any of those things.
As Richard Belzer defined "The Big Lie" in his book "UFOs, JFK, and Elvis"(even if it is cribbed from Goebbels), "If you tell a lie that's big enough and you tell it often enough, people will believe you are telling the truth even when what you are saying is total crap."
Why should we even care about what somebody said three years ago, or ten years ago in the case of Kevin Hart getting screwed out of hosting the Oscars earlier this year over past anti-gay tweets, or even thirty-five years ago in the case of Conor Daly, an Indycar driver who was driving in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin last year when his car's sponsor pulled their funding out from under him because his father once used the N-word in an interview(It also got the interviewer fired from his job as the radio voice of the Indianapolis Colts)?
All this has done is continue to widen the political divide within the United States and the world.
Because of all this, we've lost trust and faith in humanity. We actively look for reasons to distrust a person's intentions or even not like a person, even if we have similar interests, even members of our own family and our neighbors. Also, we expect the nanny state to do everything for us. Schools inculding colleges and universities are more concerned with coddling students than actually teaching them basic skillls, like critical thinking, money management, parenting, and basic morals. Wait, that's supposed to be the parent's job.
<---- Systems That Encourage and/or Reward Negative Behavior ---->
I've kind of touched on a few examples of a system encouraging and rewarding negative behavior. Like a woman that only has children either through the birth of their own children or adoption agencies because it's easier to get money from the government through government assistance programs. Or how Carlos Maza got YouTube to demonetize Steven Crowder's channel in June over being called gay(even though he uses the word in his username on Twitter) and over Crowder selling an anti-Socialism T-shirt(YouTube, like most corporations these days, caved faster than the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl) and called for political violence on his Twitter, or how reverse racist Shaun King called for violence against the federal government on Twitter, leading to what happened in Tacoma. Or how in February of this year, actor Jussie Smollett hired two guys to stage a 'hate crime' against himself during one of the coldest days of the year in Chicago simply so he could blame President Trump for it to boost his career and get more money from the TV show he was on at the time.
It goes back to what I said earlier about Tim Pool's statement about how certain people are too obsessed with the amount of likes and followers they have on social media. As Eric Bischoff said, controversy creates cash. And as Jesse Ventura has said, most of the time, the media creates outrage where is none to be had(like an old college video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing).
They do this because we in society is always reacting much more to negativity than positivity. Jussie Smollett got way more attention from that fake hate crime than he ever would have or even should have from anything he'd ever done or will do in his acting and music career or even from doing charity work.
Sure, a D-list celebrity giving a million dollars or two to St. Jude's or the Special Olympics will get some media attention, but because everyone is so obsessed with conflict, that same celebrity being attacked by people claming to support the current President and his views on society because it continues to perpetuate their narrative against said President will always get more clicks, more shares, more viewers, and more revenue. As the saying goes, "If it bleeds, it leads." That is a sad fact of life that we refuse to acknowledge when we hear about the latest mass shooting.
And it doesn't help when the news media encourages this type of behavior. As I've said on several occasions, it's always treating a story like it's feeding a pig, constantly feeding that pig until it explodes, then the legacy media turns around and reports on the explosion, all the while acting like they had absolutely nothing to do with that pig exploding the way it did. And we let them do it just by watching them do it, which only encourages them to do it more.
<---- In Conclusion ---->
If we're going to get serious about addressing why mass shootings happen(especially in the United States), we need to quit childishly playing the Blame Game and start looking in the mirror at ourselves. The problem is not with the mass shooting, it is in how to prevent a mass shooting from happening in the first place. Video games are NOT to blame, nor are access to guns, or even President Trump's words or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's. They are all products of the bigger issue. We have to ignore the temptation of banning tangible objects like guns or video games or even restricting access to them and look at human behavior.
We've becomed obsessed with wanting satisifaction and using whatever emotions available, including rage, to get that satisfaction has become all too common. To parapharse Scoot, President Trump and even certain Democrats "came along at a time when the act of hating based not on malicious actions but on words of disagreement has been turned into a recreational sport." Trump, Omar, Tlaib, AOC, etc., are products of a growing trend of incivility and both sides refuse to take responsibility for their behavior.
Censorship and gun control are NOT and will NEVER be the answer. Not only does censorship create more interest in the product(video games, heavy metal music, Married.....with Children, The Simpsons) or person(Alex Jones, Tommy Robinson) being censored, in fact, it just creates more mass shootings and more violence.
Being free to speak openly about any topic at any time without the fear of persecution or even prosecution allows a civilized society to stay civilized and function as it should. When those fears exist, it only encourages frustration, apathy, and even violence, because those who have differing views can only express those views with anger and hostility, which I think certain politicians want to happen, especially real fascist politicians like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardean, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Union executives like Guy Verhofstat and Axel Voss(or whoever the asshole was who wrote Article 11 and Article 13 of the EU's Copyright Directive).
President Trump cannot claim to be against censorship when Fartbook, Twitter, and YouTube bans someone, whether it happens to a conservative or to a liberal but mostly to conservatives, for bullshit reasons, yet turn around and call for censorship of the video game industry. Either everything is OK, or nothing is. Trump risks losing the people on the left that are only supporting him because the Democrats are worse or the Democrats left them behind in their push to farther left.
And the Second Amendment is there to protect the American people in case of foreign invasion or if the President and the federal government become tyrannical. Some argue the latter already has.
Jesse Ventura made this point in his book "Do I Stand Alone? Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals" that social problems can't be solved by passing new laws. It's like putting a regular Band-Aid on the stump of a lost limb. Social problems are like hydras, you try to solve one of the underlying problems and two more will inevitably pop up, likely by the legislative solution meant to be a quick short-term fix.
Ventura argued that the biggest issue with society today is that the traditional social institutions that used to regulate behavior and produce high quality people(family, neighborhood, church, and schools) have gotten weaker. And they've gotten worse over the years. And it ultimately goes back to parenting or the lack thereof. As Ventura wrote, "Government can do little or nothing to strengthen the quality of the individuals in our society. That part is up to us. The Founding Fathers gave us an outstanding template for governing a free society, but it's up to us to provide the society. If we want democracy to work the way it was intended, we have to be ready to do our part."
Basically, if mass shootings are going to be few and far between again, we have to look at fixing society itself. That means no more censorship, whether it's by Silicon Valley corporations or by the government and no more gun control.