Everyone’s favorite TEApublican cartoon character, Loopy Louis Gohmert from Texas weighed in on the tragic shooting at the Navy Yard on Monday saying that the solution to these incidents is to put more guns into the hands of more people. Of course! Why didn’t anyone think of that before now?
In the interview Tuesday on Newsmax, John Bachman asked Louis if he thought that Congress should be looking at improving our mental health systems. He responded saying,
“I absolutely do. It obviously has an effect, and it’s interesting that these people seem to have a common tie with extremely violent video games.”
The study conducted by Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD, associate professor and department chair of psychology at Stetson University and Dr. Cheryl K. Olson, MPH, SD, psychiatry faculty of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and is co-director and co-founder of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, found that children with elevated attention deficit and depressive symptoms did not display elevated aggression after playing violent video games nor did they exhibit delinquent behavior or take part in bullying other children. To the contrary it seemed to relieve tensions and lower aggression.
The Doctors say that they cannot draw any conclusions from this study as to any link between the games and incidents such as this but it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to say that it is unlikely that the games were contributory. All of the studies linking the games to these mass killings is associative, there is no evidence to show that they had a causal effect.
Louis goes on to compare guns to spoons saying, “I see a lot of problems here and blaming this on guns is like saying the big problem with obesity is we’ve got too many spoons, it’s not the spoons, it’s not the guns. It’s the people who have them.” Apparently Loopy Louis has a limited repertoire since he used exactly the same analogy two years ago when speaking with Steve Doocy after Gaby Giffords was shot in the head. Maybe it’s time for some new writers, Louis.
Watch Gohmert talk about guns and spoons here: