A bill sponsored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the women of the Squad seeks to ban guns—from video games. Years of inaction on video game induced violence have led to many young white men acting out on the vitriol they have learned from their favorite past-times. Now, the House will vote on a ban that will alter the face of the video game industry forever.
Republicans have long stated that violence in video games has caused the youth to become violent and to act out, and Democrats have called for gun bans since mass shootings became part of the 24-hour news cycle. Now, lawmakers will cross the aisle and work together to combine their claims into a new law. If the law passes, all future releases of video games will need to completely remove guns and mentions of guns or “gun-like weapons.”
Many are questioning the ability of this law getting passed in the Senate, but several prominent senators have already spoken in favor of the bill. Mitch McConnell stated, “If this bill stops mass shootings, we will get it passed this week. Video game guns are the cause of this violence, not real world guns.”
Cory Booker responded to this claim, stating, “Actually, real world guns are the cause of mass shootings, but we will begin banning guns in video games as a start, and move on from there.”
Both sides have future plans to use this bill as a jumping off point to ban either guns or video games, but for now, Republicans and Democrats will work together to assuage the fears and needs of the American people. Several video game production companies were contacted for statements, but as of this article, none have responded with comment.
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