Earlier today I wrote a post about toenails. Let me assure you that this post is not about dandruff. This post is about blame shifting.
In the aftermath of mass shootings last weekend in El Paso and Dayton, Republican officials, including, of course, Donald Trump, as well as the so-called “personalities” on Fox News, have pointed to violent video games as a significant factor in the rise in gun violence in America. Not to confuse them with facts, though, numerous studies have found absolutely no link between violent video games and actual violent behavior.
So naturally, Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer and the site of the El Paso shootings, is taking swift and decisive action. “Out of respect for the incidents of the past week,” Walmart is taking down displays of violent video games and movies in its stores in the wake of recent shootings.
By the way, Walmart is also one of the largest sellers of guns and ammunition in the world, and will continue to display and sell firearms in its stores.
So yes, I’m sitting here scratching my head, but not due to dandruff. Due to the egregious shifting the blame for gun violence to anything but guns.