At a recent press conference, Texas Department of Public Safety Chief Steven McGraw said the school shooter in Texas was “into the cyber game.”
On May 24, 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos entered Robb Elementary School in Ulvade, Texas, killing 19 students and two teachers and injuring 17 others. The students who were killed were between the ages of nine and 11. Unlike the recent mass grocery store shooting in Buffalo, New York, which was racially motivated, no motive for the school shooting in Texas has been uncovered at the time of this writing.
Investigators continue to investigate Ramos’ background while trying to piece together an accurate timeline of events leading up to the May 24 shooting at an elementary school. Meanwhile, local police are under fire for their apparent refusal to enter the school after Ramos barricaded himself in a classroom with his victims. At a recent press conference, Texas Department of Public Safety Chief Steven McGraw acknowledged that some bad decisions were made by law enforcement in their response to the shooting, and he also explained that the authorities were still trying to understand the “why” behind the massacre.
“We don’t understand the why, okay?” McGraw said at the press conference. “We know that the individual was also into cyber gaming, in that regard, and group gaming.” Many have taken that statement to mean that violent video games are blamed for inspiring the shooter, but McGraw’s comments could also be taken to mean that there are more people to talk to about Ramos than he knew back in the day. through video games.
Regardless of what McGraw meant with his comments, there are already those in the media and others online who have once again pointed the finger at violent video games. Of course, that ignores the fact that violent video games are available worldwide, but the only country that has an ongoing problem with mass shootings is the United States.
Studies have been conducted on violence in video games over the years, with no evidence establishing a direct link between playing violent video games and committing violent crimes in real life. Video games are protected by the First Amendment, but they’re often used as a scapegoat whenever something like this happens. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have blamed violent video games for incidents like this. Joe Biden held a meeting with video game executives after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, while former President Trump accused video games of mass shootings and called for regulation over them.
Source: ABC Action News
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