Culture changed, not access to guns

March 2, 2018

The uber-liberal entertainment industry is demanding that President Trump do something to help stop school shootings. Well, they should be careful what they wish for because they’re about to get it. Trump plans to meet next week with members of the video game industry to talk about how they promote mindless gory violence and desensitized killing to young people as entertainment. And then, he’d like to talk to leaders of the movie and TV industry about the same thing.

Whenever this subject comes up, people invariably point to academic studies claiming that violent video games have no effect on young players. But it defies logic not to see a connection between spending thousands of hours mowing people down in virtual reality as entertainment, then deciding that the way to cure your problems at school is to mow down everyone you don’t like. As I pointed out right after the last school shooting in Florida, when I was a kid, the school parking lot was filled with guns. Every boy had a hunting rifle on the rifle rack in the back window of his pickup. But it never would have occurred to us in a million years to bring those guns into school and starting shooting our classmates and teachers with them.


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Something has changed in this country over the past few decades. It isn’t that guns are easier to obtain; they’re actually not, if you buy them legally. It isn’t that we have fewer gun laws; we have more than ever. What’s changed is our culture: the breakdown of the family; fewer kids with loving parents, intact homes or fathers to act as role models; the loss of respect for the sanctity of life; and the constant exposure of impressionable young minds to shocking levels of violence and sex in pop culture (video games, movies, TV, fashion, music, the Internet) that would have been considered unthinkable when I was a kid. The problem isn’t the hardware, it’s the software.

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  • Charlie Ruland

    03/05/2018 02:44 PM

    Yes Mr.Huckabee, I agree with you and I'd add one more significant change in America: psychotropic drugs. These mind-altering chemicals produce violent behavior. Combine this with violent video games, domestic violence and an overall glorification of violence in our society and you have a recipe for destruction.

  • Daveo Redcay

    03/05/2018 07:54 AM

    What Peggy Rendleman said.??The violent, painful murder of 800 miracles per day is Genocide.

  • Ruth Crabtree

    03/04/2018 04:37 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I agree with you 100%. I myself am a born again believer and see the evil and the darkness spreading in this country. People have no respect for one another at all. Way to much hate exists. Sometimes it is disheartening. It sometimes depresses me and I want to go home. I back you sir. Thank you. ??

  • Beth Cita

    03/04/2018 03:23 PM

    I agree with you.

  • Peggy Rendleman

    03/04/2018 02:59 PM

    In my opinion the abortion of unborn human babies, approved by our nation nearly 50 years ago, sends a message to old and young alike that life has no inherent value. I find it a shame and a disgrace toward God and mankind that abortion has been legalized. Perhaps we are seeing some of the results of God's anger...

  • James M Buckley

    03/04/2018 02:50 PM

    National TV programming with violence 7 nights a week, violent video games, violent rap music lyrics, broken homes with fatherless families are the absolute reason for the current America youth's lack of respect for human life. What happened to show like : Little House on the prairie, The Walton's, Laugh In, Non political late night shows like, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno and on and on. A sick society takes years to build and now America is paying the price for violence and killing used for nightly entertainment, while millions are made by the entertainment Industry.

  • RICHARD KREJCI

    03/04/2018 01:23 PM

    How right you are Gov. . The left gets upset when there is a shooting they can blame on Conservative Culture and Traditions. While they promote hate and defend the murder of unborn students.

  • Christine C Mueller

    03/04/2018 01:16 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee, for spelling out in detail what is behind the increase in violence, whether by guns or otherwise, in our country today. I am 68 years old, and have told those much younger than I that guns have always been a part of our culture and society, but years ago we never had the problems with violence that we do today. So what has changed? As you said, our culture has changed for the worse because our media (TV, movies, news, internet, music,) which has utilized our 1st amendment to its financial gain and political advantage while destroying our formerly civilized society in the process. Hopefully more adults will realize what is happening and keep their young people as far away from the "screens" as possible, for as long as possible. It's the "bastardization" of our 1st amendment we should be concerned about, not the 2nd amendment, that is the cause of the increase in this insane violence we are seeing in our country today.

  • Aurelio Jose Rodriguez

    03/04/2018 12:58 PM

    This issue is not new and it didn't start with video games; it started with movies full of violence in the late 70's and 80's and I do remember then people complaining about that excess of violence. The video game culture plus the use of drugs among teenagers have led them to early sex with all its consequence and this horrible violence. Hollywood and its crackheads are fully responsible for this and certainly not the NRA. It is necessary to remind everyone that the real intention of the 2nd Amendment is to give the people the right to defend themselves and the wherewithal necessary against and overextended tyrannical federal government like has been the case in every other Latina American country. It is not only for hunting.

  • Luther Pool

    03/03/2018 04:24 PM

    This was a very well thought out column and told me things I knew but hadn't thought about in such away. The NRA is the boogie man that lives under the bed invented by the left. The NRA didn't shoot anyone.

  • Victoria Hardesty

    03/03/2018 01:36 PM

    I couldn't agree with you more. The violence young people are bombarded with today as entertainment surely has them desensitized to violence because no actor really dies in a movie and no virtually reality game piece does either. But real people do die when kids act out those fantasies with real guns and have no positive role models to teach them the difference.

  • DR JOHN ADAIR

    03/02/2018 03:15 PM

    Thank you, Governor for getting to the heart of the matter. For truly all of this violence in our land is a heart matter. And it is a mind matter too: I don't mind, and you don't matter. That's the heart of the problem. The Lord Jesus Christ summed up the Ten commandments into 2 Great Commandments: love the Lord thy God (with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind) and love your neighbour as thyself. Regrettably, our culture is to do neither. Instead, we do just the opposite.