House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Sunday the video game industry should be looked at in the wake of the latest mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
In an interview on Fox News’ "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo," McCarthy said he agreed with the Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick who told Fox&Friends that the video gaming industry should not be ignored.
Patrick claimed the shooter’s manifesto talked about “living out his super soldier fantasy on Call of Duty." A video of the remark was posted by Mediaite.
McCarthy responded that he, too, was concerned, noting “the idea of these video games, they dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals and others.”
“I’ve always felt that is a problem for future generations and others,” he said. “We’ve watched from studies shown before what it does to individuals. When you look at these photos of how it took place, you can see the actions within video games and others.”
McCarthy decried the twin shootings as "based on evil."
“No one in this country should fear going shopping or out on a Saturday night,” he said. “These monsters that did this, based upon evil. We need to get the facts but we need to make sure we do not allow this ever to happen again.”
“I think it is responsible that we allow those law enforcement to do their job but when the job is done,” he continued. “We should come together as one, and find areas in ways that we can make sure that this does not happen again, but this is a sad day for this nation, and I know all will mourn together, but we will find how we solve this problem once we get all of the information.”
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