Remember a couple of weeks back when Senator Lamar Alexander said that video gamers were a bigger problem than guns? Well as it turns out, he’s not alone in that sentiment. Not even close. Raleigh-based firm Public Policy Polling recently conducted a poll regarding the upcoming 2016 election (yes, already) and while most of the questions related to potential candidates Marc Rubio and Hillary Clinton, Republicans had an extra question thrown onto the list.
According to Public Policy Polling, when asked, “What do you think is a bigger safety threat in America: guns or violent video games?,” 67% of voters chose video games, only 14% chose guns, and 19% were not sure. A breakdown of the statistics makes this utterly ridiculous claim a little more understandable, but it doesn’t negate the fact that it’s simply foolish emotion without factual basis.
As previously mentioned, only Republicans were asked this question, suggesting that the poll was expecting this kind of reply, as the targeted the group less likely to put any blame on guns. Secondly, 72% of respondents were over the age of 45, showing once again that the previous generation distrusts that which they are not familiar with.
Parents need to be responsible in choosing what forms of media they allow their children to be exposed to, and young children should certainly not be allowed to play M-rated games, but to peg video games and fictional depictions of violence as a bigger “safety threat” to our nation than actual weapons just makes a mockery of the entire debate.