In times of tragedy, it can be all too easy to look around for something to blame. Imposing any sort of pattern on top of seemingly random violence and tragedy can help us feel that it's easier to understand, and even to accept. But, sometimes, the fact is that the world is random and cruel, and the only thing to blame is lax gun laws.
But it seems that no one has explained this to Donald Trump. In the grand tradition of misassigning blame, he's gone for an absolute classic in terms of scapegoat: violent video games.
Want to know more about his bizarre blame game? Read on.
This weekend, the USA suffered not one, but two terrorist attacks.
via: ShutterstockMass shootings have always been a worry in the U.S, but, so far, in 2019, there have been a horrific 251 shootings in just 217 days. The numbers truly speak for themselves.
On Saturday 3rd August, El Paso was the location to fall victim.
via: Getty ImagesThere was another mass shooting in the Texas city, which ended up costing at least twenty people their lives - and with far more injured.
The location of the attack was a local Walmart.
via: Getty ImagesAnd what makes the incident all the more tragic is that fact that the store was filled with families undertaking the classic task of the back-to-school shop.
The shooter was identified as Patrick Crusius.
via: Getty ImagesCrusius is a white supremacist, and it's believed that he chose the location of his attack due to the high percentage of Hispanic population. He surrendered to the police and remains in custody.
But, to make matters worse, this wasn't the only tragedy that struck this weekend.
via: Getty ImagesJust twelve hours later, in Dayton, Ohio, another mass shooting took place in a popular nightlife district.
The shooting left nine people dead.
via: Getty ImagesThis is in spite of the police managing to intervene under thirty seconds after the gunman fired his first shot. One of the victims was the gunman's own sister.
The shooter was twenty-four-year-old Connor Betts.
via: Getty ImagesHis motive currently remains unclear. While these two attacks were among the closest together in U.S history, there have actually been an unbelievable four mass shooting crimes in the past seven days, with an incident in Mississipi on Tuesday, and in California on July 28th.
The death toll as a result of mass shooting this past week alone currently stands at thirty-four.
via: ShutterstockTo any rational mind, it seems clear that extreme legal reform is required to ensure the safety of civilians in America. And yet those in positions of power continue to shuffle their feet.
In fact, the president has not offered any sort of useful solution.Instead, he's relying on paltry words of blessing and encouragement - without ever taking steps to ensure that this can't happen again.
This hasn't gone unnoticed.
News: "Mass shooting in El Paso, Texas." Dummies in Charge: #thoughtsandprayers *Less than 24 hours later* News… https://t.co/JlbzVC9Ozh— Chad D (@Chad D)1564920429.0
Although there do seem to be some that get it.
Gilroy, California. El Paso, Texas. Dayton, Ohio. Let’s speak truth: Gun violence is a national emergency in our country.— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1565012975.0
And Trump is still dancing around the issue.Instead of offering any practical solution or helpful suggestions, he merely makes vague claims about his hopes for the future. But that's not all of the poor advice that he's offered ...
Today, POTUS delivered a speech from the White House.
via: Getty ImagesIn it, he attempted to address the shootings and come up with some causes - and, therefore, some solutions. But what he said has made some on the internet even more frustrated.
What does he blame for the shootings?
via: Getty ImagesNot the terrifying availability of guns. Nope, Trump thinks that the reason behind these attacks is the "glorification of violence."
It's not the regulation of guns and other deadly weapons that Trump is focusing on.
via: Getty ImagesIn fact, he's got more of an offbeat (or, as some might say, useless) plan.
The real reason for the attacks, according to Trump?"The gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace." Excuse us?
He claims that pop culture can cause violent acts."It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately."
But there's a little hole in Trump's logic.Violent video games and movies exist in basically every country on earth - and yet it's the USA that has the pernicious issue with mass shootings. So, what's the difference between the USA and other countries?
How about the fact that guns are far, far easier to acquire here?
via: ShutterstockWhile a culture of violence may not be the best thing for troubled people to experience, the fact is, if they couldn't acquire a deadly weapon, they could never inflict such horrific terrorist acts.
And yet it seems that Trump has his mind made up.
via: ShutterstockWe can only say how sorry we are to anyone who's been affected by this sort of vile action - and hope that, in the future, these attacks start to be taken more seriously.