Top House Republican says violent video games could be linked to mass shootings

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, said video games could contribute to future mass shootings when asked about it in a television interview on Sunday morning Appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, McCarthy was asked about how to understand factors contributing to a shooting “This may be a place where we could find this ahead of time,” said McCarthy who discussed ways to detect future shooters

“The idea that these video games that dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals,” continued McCarthy, “I’ve always felt that it’s a problem for future generations and others.

We’ve watched studies show what it does to individuals, and you look at these photos of how it took place, you can see the actions within video games and others More: Dayton, Ohio shooting: Nine dead, 26 injured; suspected gunman killed, police say More: ‘He’s a racist’: Beto O’Rourke says President Trump is partly to blame for El Paso mass shooting McCarthy added that he wanted to “get all the facts” “But what I’d like to do is get all the facts, are there indications? There are times before that we have found this,” he said McCarthy’s comments came after a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 20 people dead and 26 injured and before a shooting spree early Sunday at an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio left at least nine dead and 16 hurt The New York Times reported last year that there was little evidence to suggest there was any link between video games and mass shootings Among other evidence, the New York Times cites a 2011 court opinion from conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote in Brown v Entertainment Merchants Association, “Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively” Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Multiple fatalities in El Paso Walmart shooting Fullscreen Post to Facebook Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed

People arrive at MacArthur Elementary looking for family and friends as the school is being used a re-unification center during the aftermath of a shooting at the Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall area Saturday, Aug.

3, 2019 in El Paso, Texas Briana Sanchez, El Paso Times/ USA TODAY Network Fullscreen People arrive at MacArthur Elementary looking for family and friends as the school is being used a re-unification center during the aftermath of a shooting at the Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall area Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 in El Paso, Texas Briana Sanchez, El Paso Times/ USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Walmart employees comfort one another after an active shooter opened fire at the Walmart at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Tx on Saturday, August 3, 2019

Mark Lambie, El Paso Times/ USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Police interview witnesses to the shooting near Cielo Vista Mall on Saturday, Aug.

3, 2019 in El Paso, Tx Mark Lambie, El Paso Times/ USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Department of Homeland Security police are shown at the scene of the shooting at Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall area Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 in El Paso, Tx

Mark Lambie, El Paso Times/ USA TODAY Network Fullscreen An El Paso police officer lifts the tape barrier at the shooting scene at the Walmart in the Cielo Vista area on Saturday, Aug.

3, 2019 in El Paso, Tx Mark Lambie, El Paso Times/ USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Police interview witnesses to the shooting near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Tx on Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 Mark Lambie, El Paso Times/ USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Kendall Long, left, comforts Kianna Long who was in the freezer section of a Walmart during a shooting incident, in El Paso, Tx

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Reports state that at least 10 people have been killed and 30 are injured

Police say that one male suspect is in custody.

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Ivan Pierre Aguirre, EPA-EFE Fullscreen Several law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter Saturday at the Walmart at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso Mark Lambie, El Paso Times/ USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Anabel Hebben comforts her daughter, Leilani, 11, after leaving flowers at the Walmart shooting scene in El Paso on Aug4, 2019 Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Texas State Troopers block a road leading to the Walmart shooting scene in El Paso on Aug 4, 2019 Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Daniella Novoa holds her son Richard, 10-months, after placing flowers and a poster outside Walmart in El Paso on Aug 4, 2019 Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke shakes hands with shooting survivor Carlos Santos near the Walmart shooting scene in El Paso on Aug

3, 2019.

Santos was in the checkout line with his father when gunfire erupted Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Shooting survivor Virginia Chacon talks with Texas Highway Patrol trooper Gilbert Flores outside the Walmart in El Paso on Aug 3, 2019 Chacon was inside the store when gunfire broke out and escape by running Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Friends, family members, and strangers on Aug 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas at MacArthur School Elementary-Intermediate School A family reunification site was set up at MacArthur School for friends and families missing loved ones after the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart Red Cross official Colin Williams said approximately 25 people stayed overnight Madeleine Cook, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Friends, family members, and strangers on Aug 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas at MacArthur School Elementary-Intermediate School A family reunification site was set up at MacArthur School for friends and families missing loved ones after the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart Madeleine Cook, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen People hug outside of MacArthur School Elementary-Intermediate School on Aug 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas A family reunification site has been designated at the site for friends and families missing loved ones after the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart Madeleine Cook, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Phlebotomist Yaranely Armendariz draws blood from Sarah Bolanos on Aug, 4, 2019, at the United Blood Services in east El Paso, Texas The response for blood has been so high they’ve had to turn away donors and make appointments for a later date Mark Lambie, El Paso Times via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Felipe Avila mourns outside Walmart in El Paso on Aug 4, 2019 Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Gael Banderas, 7, arranges rocks on signs at a makeshift memorial outside Walmart in El Paso on Aug 4, 2019 Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Gilbert Medina comforts his daughter Gabby and son Sebastian at a makeshift memorial outside Walmart in El Paso on Aug 4, 2019 Michael Chow, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Two women hug on Aug 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas at MacArthur School Elementary-Intermediate School A family reunification site was set up at MacArthur School for friends and families missing loved ones after the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart Madeleine Cook, The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Interested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 22 2 of 22 3 of 22 4 of 22 5 of 22 6 of 22 7 of 22 8 of 22 9 of 22 10 of 22 11 of 22 12 of 22 13 of 22 14 of 22 15 of 22 16 of 22 17 of 22 18 of 22 19 of 22 20 of 22 21 of 22 22 of 22 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide Contributing: Louie Villalobos

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