Joe Scarborough's about face was commendable, but I think you all glossed over something.
Halfway through his speech, Joe brags about his NRA rating. Joe cites Ruby Ridge & Waco. Joe talks about defending NRA policies with pride because those 2 incidents (which have been glorified and mythologized by the Far Right) somehow represented a "grand ideological struggle" for individual liberty or some crap.
Joe then states that
"But the symbols of that ideological struggle — they've been shattered by the harvest zone from violent, mind-numbing video games."I wanted to throw something at the TV.
As much of a cheap cop-out this was on Joe's part (oh our gun culture was so noble & innocent before Mortal Kombat came along!) its made even more stupid by the news trickling out about the shooter's gaming tastes:
Really? May I ask which ones?
Chillingly, his favourite video game was said to be a shockingly violent fantasy war game called Dynasty Warriors which is thought to have given him inspiration to act on his darkest thoughtsSeriously? Dynasty Warriors?
Seriously? That "gave him inspiration to act on his darkest thoughts"? No, you're eyes aren't decieving you: Dynasty Warriors has always been a 100% bloodless game franchise. What cheap, lazy, ignorant fear-mongering garbage.
Y'know, if we were talking say....Manhunt....or Saints Row....or Postal 2....that'd be one thing.
But Dynasty Warriors?
That's like finding out the killer enjoyed Brave or something.
Speaking of which, he apparently enjoyed the mind-numbing ultraviolence of "fantasy role-playing video games" too. No word yet on whether he was subjected to the Satanic influence of Dungeons & Dragons.
"How could I know that within seconds of reading that scrolling headline that the shooter would be an isolated, middle-class white male who spent his days on his computer playing violent video games?"...and how could I know that within days of a spree killing, the news media would be combing through his Gamestop receipts and readying a moral panic for whatever they found?
Meanwhile, this same news media will continue to systematically ignore any suggestion that they might have a negative influence on future spree killers:
The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me. I'll go out in a blaze of glory.
- Roger Ebert, explaining why his post-Columbine NBC News interview never aired