This Saturday, August 3, 2019, the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have experienced the atrocity of two shootings. The President of the United States addressed the nation this Monday, August 5 to return to these tragedies and brought up 3 points of concern: Internet, mental health and video games.
Donald Trump presented the facts, as well as his condolences, while saluting the work of the people having intervened on the scene of the tragedies.
He recalls that the El Paso shooter has posted a racist and hate manifesto online and explains that the United States must “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacism.” The FBI will benefit from additional resources to prevent hate crimes and “domestic” terrorism:
We must admit that the Internet has become a privileged ground for radicalized and disturbed minds, determined to perform insane acts. We need to shed light on the darker corners of the Internet and stop mass killings before they begin.
He recalls that since the tragedy of Columbine, shootings have been chained on the American territory. The solutions to stop this have not been successful at the moment.
First, we need to be more effective in identifying and preventing mass shootings at the first sign. I ordered the Department of Justice to work in partnership with states and federal agencies, as well as social networks, to develop tools to detect potential killers before they can act. All the lights were on the Marjory Stoneman high school monster in Parkland, Florida, and nobody did anything.
Second, we must stop glorifying violence in our society. This includes the most macabre video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to come together around a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop this, or at least reduce it substantially. This must start immediately. Cultural change is difficult. But each of us can help build a culture that celebrates the value and dignity of every human life. This is what we must strive for.
He then added that he wanted to reform mental health laws in order to more easily identify people who are psychologically disturbed and able to access violence and ensure that they will never have access to firearms. Because according to him:
It is the mental disorders and the hatred that support the trigger, not the weapons.
In 2018, after Parkland, the forty-fifth president of the US had wanted a tax on violent video games. He had subsequently met industry players during which a montage had been broadcast.
No link has been established between the video games and the acts perpetrated by the various shooters of this weekend. And no study has yet firmly demonstrated that this leisure made more violent. Donald Trump made no mention of the firearms legislation during his allegation, after which he did not take questions from the journalists present.