You can add Ralph Nader to the list of (former) politicians blaming video games for the tragic acts of violence that plague the United States. It’s no secret that Nader, a five time Presidential candidate, is no fan of President Barack Obama. Nader had more than a few sharp criticisms of the Commander-in-chief following Obama’s inauguration for his second term, and among them was his policies on violent media, including video games.
After criticizing Obama’s stance on virtually every imaginable issue, Nader criticized Obama’s gun control policies, citing a proposed link between violent media and the Sandy Hook shootings.
We are in the peak of [violence in entertainment]. Television program violence? Unbelievable. Video game violence? Unprecedented. I’m not saying he wants to censor this, I think he should sensitize people that they should protect their children family by family from these kinds of electronic child molesters.
While I certainly agree that it’s the duty of a responsible parent to filter what their children see, especially at a young age, it’s frustrating to see horrific events such as Sandy Hook being pinned on the entertainment world by so many without so much as a second thought. Among Obama’s policies was a proposal for $10 million in research regarding a potential link between violent media and acts of violence, but apparently this was not what Nader had in mind.