Scratching My Head

C462C498-5DDE-47AB-997C-2DCCEE74BCBDEarlier 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.

18 thoughts on “Scratching My Head

  1. XingfuMama August 9, 2019 / 4:55 pm

    Here’s what I think: The GOP feel like they can’t actually cheer for the mad gunmen and have to do something (anything) to seem like they care. They don’t like high tech businesses (the employees tend to be educated and a lot of them have funny names, like the CEO of Microsoft) so they make a tempting target. Walmart has a lot to lose in the trade war with China, not only is most of their merchandise made there; they have a lot of stores in PRC. They are kissing the @$$ of the GOP.

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  2. Paula Light August 9, 2019 / 5:02 pm

    Personally, I do believe that violent video games and movies help to numb us to the effects of real violence, just like watching endless porn impacts relationships, but regardless… it’s the access to guns that actually matters in these mass murders and most of the regular daily murders that don’t even make the national news any longer because they’re so “normal.”

    Cue someone saying but but KNIVES!

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    • Fandango August 9, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      You may be right about the potential impact of violent video games and movies to be numbing, but violent video games and movies are prevalent in Japan and South Korea, but mass shootings are almost unheard of there. The difference: almost unlimited access to guns in the U.S.

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  3. newepicauthor August 9, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    There is a lot more money made from selling guns than there is in selling violent video games at Walmart, so in order to make their image better they chose to stop selling the games, but they are not pulling the wool over my eyes.

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    • Fandango August 9, 2019 / 7:09 pm

      I hope they’re not pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes, but no doubt they are.

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  4. Marleen August 9, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    They’re just not going to have the violent video games running (you know, like, on a loop) on screens in the stores. They are planning on still selling the games.

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  5. Marleen August 9, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    Republicans are talking “mental health” again, too. Nevermind that one of the first things Trump/Republicans did was to rescind a law not allowing some people, adjudicated handicapped or incapable, to be trusted with a gun. (That was a bunch of negatives combined; hope it can be sorted out.) And I do mean we should possibly nevermind it, in the sense that they may have made that move as another distraction or simply an adjustment. What kinds of people do they/Republicans prefer to select for denying guns to? Video games and mental health are both distractions. The way I heard one person (a die hard Republican who is threading the needle of looking like a person who is trying to be nice but not rejecting Trump) put it yesterday or today was they want to keep all guns out of the hands of “some” people rather than some guns out of the hands of all people. Of course, we already keep some guns out of the hands of all people (in the civilian sense) — machine guns, for instance. So… for some reason, nevertheless, they don’t want to let go of hundred-bullet capacities — OR (and/or) they want to marginalize (even “lock up” as they’ve in fact said) more people.

    While it makes sense to keep all guns out of the hands of some people, the way Republicans are talking of it is on a larger scale… and they floated the thought of locking people up for not being worthy to carry guns/a gun. (Where they seem to be headed with this is that unless you’re crazy enough to be locked up, you get to have any of these guns — for money, of course [if we are to believe their talking points and direction on wealth or means over the decades, but they’ve strayed from those too… for examples, they used to talk about work while they meant wealth and they used to say they valued women or motherhood, but they meant wealth]. I don’t know if all or most of what they have said and of what they are saying now is just talk or if they are biding their time or what. They might not ultimately mean work or wealth per se but whiteness [in that such people are who I think they ultimately mean are entitled to wealth].) Our Republican president hasn’t renounced his invasion or infestation theme. Plus, he had a bunch of brown people (including citizens) arrested on the same day he went to engage in a pretense (which he couldn’t pull off) of comfort.

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    • Marleen August 10, 2019 / 12:48 pm

      By the way, (Mike Hurst) official Attorney, Southern District of Mississippi said, a couple days ago, that “while we are a nation of immigrants, we are, first and foremost, a nation of laws.” Really? I don’t think so; I think we are more a nation of immigrants (and less a nation of laws even more so are we with this president).

      That’s apparently why they needed to go arrest a bunch of brown people (including citizens) at work on their children’s first day of school?

      No arresting of the owners or employers.

      Meanwhile, Trump has employed undocumented immigrants long-term.

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      • Marleen August 10, 2019 / 3:31 pm

        I just ran across this report a few minutes ago. Threats of violence:

        LEAK Reveals Trump’s Dark Secret

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      • Fandango August 10, 2019 / 9:52 pm

        Trump, McConnell, Graham, and nearly all GOP members of Congress are hypocrites.


  6. sca11y August 10, 2019 / 6:22 am

    When something like this happens, all sorts of people will come out of the woodwork to tell us *why* it happened. Really, for now, I don’t give a shit. We can worry about “why” later. For now, they should just take action to stop it from happening.

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  7. LillBlu1981 August 11, 2019 / 1:20 am

    I’m so glad we rarely see gun crime here in the UK. I hope we never allow guns to be legalised in this country; the whole concept of carrying a weapon around with you is just ludicrous to say the least.
    It makes me cry when I see yet another American shooting on the news. Why cant they see that the gun is the issue. Outlaw all but law enforcement carrying them and the problem will drop I’m sure but no one seems to see that. I feel for the people who have to live around guns that don’t carry or agree with them themselves.

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