President Donald Trump met with video game ‘experts’

Our president seems to believe that so-called violent video games cause young males to become homicidal maniacs. Back in 2012, in wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Trump tweeted:

He’s made similarly misinformed comments since the Parkland massacre.

It’s with these thoughts in mind that he held a fact-finding meeting at the White House.

From Stephen Totilo of Kotaku:

In attendance to rep the video game industry were the head of the ESA, publishers’ D.C.-based lobbying group, the head of the ESRB ratings board, and the chief executives of Bethesda and Take Two. Repping the anti-gaming side were an author of books that claim violent video games train killers and a member of the Parents Television Council, which supported the California law to criminalize the sale of violent video games to children that was ruled unconstitutional in 2011.

I think Trump would find it convenient to blame the video game industry on real-world violence. Anything instead of the proliferation and the ease of access of firearms in this country.

Then again, it’s much more ironclad that the First Amendment protects video games than the Second Amendment protects the private ownership of military grade, mass killing machines.

I think it’s safe to say that NRA would be much happier if video games could be blamed from things like Sandy Hook and Parkland then our current gun laws.

At this point, I don’t think it really matters what our current gun laws do or don’t do. The real problem has been long in the making. We have too many guns in this country. The number is so large, we don’t even know how high it is. The Washington Post estimates there are 357 million firearms in this country. That’s more guns than people.

At this point, it would be far more productive to ban ammunition and gunpowder than it would to even try to ban guns. That’s where our efforts should be focused. Allow people to own as many firearms as they wish, just deny them access to the bullets those weapons need to make them lethal.

Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling assault weapons

The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Edward Stack, has decided that it will no longer sell assault-style rifles. They will also end sales of firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21.

That means if you’re 18 years old and you want to get your hands on a firearm, you’ll need to join the U.S. military.

Stack, son of Dick, said Dick’s Sporting Goods is a supporter of the Second Amendment but doesn’t want to be part of the story with mass shootings. Although they didn’t sell the weapon used at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, they sold other weapons to the killer.

As a quick reminder, here is the Second Amendment in its entirety:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

I’m no Constitutional lawyer, but it seems to say the reason people have a right to keep and bear arms is for the purpose of a well regulated militia. Not for self-defense, hunting, or target practice, but for the purpose of a militia.

The Second Amendment is so poorly written, it’s hard to really know what it means.

I commend what Dick’s Sporting Goods is doing, but it’s a little late. There are already more guns in this country than people. Any weirdo who wants to get their hands on a gun will not have too much trouble doing it.