Texas Official Who Blamed School Shooting On Doors Now Also Blames Facebook And Video Games

Texas Official Who Blamed School Shooting On Doors Now Also Blames Facebook And Video Games

Just hours after a 17-year-old killed 10 people at a high school in Texas, Dan Patrick, the Lt. Governor of Texas, said that maybe schools should have fewer entrances and exits. But yesterday he explained that there are a lot of other things to blame than just doors. Like Facebook, Twitter, and violent video games.

“George, should we be surprised in this nation? We have devalued life, whether it’s through abortion, whether it’s the breakup of families… through violent movies, and particular violent video games, which now outsell movies and music,” Patrick said in an incoherent rant to George Stephanopoulos yesterday on ABC’s This Week.

“Psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that students are desensitised to violence … may have lost empathy for their victims by watching hours and hours of video … violent games. Ninety-seven per cent, George, of teenagers watch video games, and 85 per cent of those are violent games,” Patrick said.

Patrick, who is 68 years old, is parroting the same talking points we heard in the 1990s about violent video games being the source of our nation’s woes. But it wasn’t just video games that Patrick blamed. Social media was also a culprit, according to the second most powerful politician in Texas.

“The problem is multifaceted. It’s not any one issue,” said Patrick. “Again, we have to look at our culture of violence, just our violent society. Our Facebook, our Twitter. The bullying of adults on adults and children on children. We have to look at ourselves, George. It’s not about the guns, it’s about us.”

Patrick was ridiculed over the weekend after saying that the problem wasn’t guns, it was the number of entrances in America’s schools. Patrick floated the idea of limiting the number of entrances at any given school so that police could more closely monitor everyone who comes in and out.

“Maybe we need to look into limiting the entrances and exits into our schools, so that we can have law enforcement looking at the people who come in one or two entrances,” Patrick said on Friday before the bodies of 8 students and 2 teachers were even cold. “We’re going have to get creative. We’re going to have to think out of the box.”

The rest of the interview from yesterday is really quite astounding in its level of cognitive dissonance. The lieutenant governor bragged that the school where the shooting took place, Santa Fe High School, had won an award for safety. He also said that schools need to do more to become “hardened,” meaning equipped with more armed teachers and security officers.

But he also in the same breath mentioned that their were two armed officers at the school on Friday, one of whom was injured, and acknowledged that under state law Texas already allows teachers to carry guns.

As Patrick rambled about social factors being the real cause of America’s mass shooting epidemic, Stephanopoulos gently reminded him that other countries have things like violent video games and social media. What sets the United States apart from other countries is its number of guns. As the Washington Post notes, more American school children have died in class this year than members of the US military.

But Lt. Gov. Patrick wasn’t having any of these stats that might contradict his narrative. He said that Texas believes in the Second Amendment and that nothing is going to change that.

“It is our Second Amendment…” Patrick said. “You know, it talks about a well-run militia… our teachers are part of that well-run militia.”


          • Got banned lol is the moral compass of the game out of whack, or is it like Manhunt. God I really enjoyed Manhunt and I find myself to be a pretty sane and reasonable person…….

          • The devs say that the ratings board misrepresented the facts & banned it, It’s a retro isometric top down actually game, It’s hardly a representation of actuall violence, I never got the chance to play Manhunt.

          • Uh ok kinda like the original Grand theft auto style but with Indie graphics. I will have to suss out the original.

  • Doors? Really? But, how would teachers, students and other staff exit the building quickly and in a safe manner if there was a fire?

  • So a loony republican goes out of his way to blame anything other than guns, And people are suprised?

    It should be newsworthy when a republican actually blames guns.

    Its sickening that these people are perfectly fine with children being slaughtered as long as they get to keep their guns and feed their obsession with “muh freedums”

  • Funny how if you didn’t have guns, there wouldn’t be fun crime.

    Just like nobody got killed by a car before we had cars.

  • Pretty sure the coroners report will still say “gunshot”

    Also a well-run militia… wouldn’t let military weapons fall into the hands of those who would do the country and its citizens harm, yet you can get an “Assault” rifle at store. What reason does a civilian need to “assault” anything, its military hardware the got de-regulated that is the issue… and thats the thing, it was regulated for centuries.

    Until 1950s United States had some of the toughest gun laws in the world and the Second Amendment worked with Gun Regulations without challenge or issue. Farmers and personal security was provided well for with revolvers and repeater rifles.

    Returning service men from WWII could only keep guns that were welded inoperable cause owning semi-auto and full-auto weapons in military calibres was flat out illegal…

    Then that all changed when the Gun Industry took over the NRA and eroded the laws through repeated second amendment challenges until they changed the way people read it… they gloss over the regulated militia line missing the point… just to further gun sales.

    Will child proof all containers and toys on the planet to avoid children swallowing a chemical, drug or a piece of plastic, still won’t do anything to stop a child eating a bullet 🙁

    One of the reasons Australia’s gun laws work, is not cause we banned certain weapons, its cause permitted and licensed use requires you to register and secure all weapons you own! Secure, as in lock and key ensuring no unauthorised access and to maintain custody of them at all times.

    Lock up your damn guns, we have such wonderful biometric technology, its harder to get into someones phone than it is to get access to a gun!!! Most times the shooters just takes it from a draw or bag with ease and takes it to school… seriously if you don’t know your gun is missing when you leave for work in the morning. YOU DON’T DESERVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP IT!

    • Assault rifle is just a term that commonly used to refer to military looking weapons, usually semi-automatics.

      As for what use, well my father probably wouldn’t be alive today if he hadn’t had a semi-auto, an M14 to be precise (GASP! An assault rifle) back in the day when he was shooting feral pigs. A huge boar charged him from point blank range and the only reason he stopped it was because he put something like six rounds into it really quick. So yes they do have legitimate real world uses other than shooting people.

      While I deplore the shootings in the US and I agree that locking them away makes sense it should be pointed out that at least one of the recent shootings the gun was stolen. So it’d make no difference, at least in that case. Similarly, the lunatic who shot a bunch of people in Atlanta was an adult who owned the guns so locking them away would have made no difference to him either.

      I think in Australia it works because we have a smaller population and less intra-population hatred. Sadly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Australia become more violent over time as population tensions and race tensions and religious tensions escalate.

  • “We’re going have to get creative. We’re going to have to think out of the box.”

    Or you could just introduce stricter gun ownership laws. Y’know.. the sensible, obvious thing that has been proven to reduce gun violence.

    • No, that idea is inside the box, with all of the other obvious, sensible ideas. He’s only interested in thinking OUTSIDE the box where there aren’t any uncomfortable conflicts between what needs to be done and those sweet, sweet “campaign contributions” (that’s “bribes” to you and me).

      I also love how the second amendment is sacrosanct (“don’t take our guns!”), but the first (the whole free speech thing that protects things like video games and social media) is apparently up for grabs.

      • Oh I see so he wants to think outside the box, is that why he wants to turn schools into boxes without doors?

          • What schools need is a closer look at the causes behind the violence. Whether it be shootings in the US or kids bashing each other In Oz. Figure out WHY these kids are snapping and doing horrible things so you can resolve that problem rather than trying to band-aid it by banning guns. Because if you remove the guns and the problem is still there the kid is gonna snap another way and poison people, or run them down with their car or something else.

            Did the kid snap because he was bullied at school? At Home? Not disciplined enough, or maybe too much? Was there some other cause like drugs, or an underlying mental condition?

          • Banning guns isn’t a band-aid for school shootings, it’s a solution. If you can turn those school shootings they have there into school bashings like we have here it’s a massive improvement. Yes, you still have the problem of kids getting beaten up, but at least they’re not getting slaughtered in their dozens while you work to solve the underlying issues behind that problem.

          • It’s a band aid because it doesn’t resolve the problem – which is something is wrong with the kids who go nuts. The shooting is the symptom not the cause. Like I said before even if there were zero guns these kids would still be flipping out and hurting people, maybe with homemade bombs, maybe by running down pedestrians in a car, or stabbing them or something else. So, no banning guns isn’t the solution.

  • “Psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that students are desensitised to violence … may have lost empathy for their victims by watching hours and hours of video … violent games.”

    Actually, they’re saying quite the opposite. That it’s been demonstrated in practically every study done so far that there are no long-term affects on the sensitivity of either children or adults to violence as a result of video games.

  • I’m looking forward to the end game on this.

    ‘local law maker proposes banning schools to prevent school shootings’

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