Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Sunday pointed to violent video games and abortions as some of the potential causes for the Santa Fe school shooting on Friday that left 10 people dead and 10 others injured.
Patrick, a Republican, suggested during an appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous that Americans should not be surprised by the taking of innocent life, since “we have devalued life.”
“Whether it’s through abortion, whether it’s the breakup of families, through violent movies, and particularly violent video games which now outsell movies and music,” Patrick said in response to host George Stephanopoulos’ observation that there had been more students killed by gun violence in schools than active duty military deaths in 2018.
“Psychologists and Psychiatrists will tell you that students are desensitized to violence, may have lost empathy for their victims by watching hours and hours of video violent games,” he added.
“The problem is multifaceted. It’s not any one issue. But we, 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,” he said.
Texas Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick: "Should we be surprised in this nation?" following deadly shooting in Texas, adding Americans have "devalued life."
"Whether it's through abortion, whether it's the break-up of families, through violent movies, and particularly violent video games." pic.twitter.com/EBjcSRzcgN
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 20, 2018
His comments come days after he blamed “too many entrances and too many exits” to campuses in Texas as one reason school shootings are so bad.
“And then, of course, George we have our schools that a not hard targets. We have done a good job since 9/11 of protecting government buildings, and airports, and private buildings, but we have not done anything to harden the target at our schools,” said Patrick, who is an open supporters of the Second Amendment and is opposed to tighter gun control legislation.
“And we still have this gun debate, George, on whether or not teachers should be armed or not. I believe, and the parents of the students I’ve talked to in Santa Fe since Friday believe they should be,” he added.