Perry Gershon (NY-01), "Video games!? Really!?"

Yesterday, I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Trump blame video games for the tragic mass shootings that took place over the weekend. I can’t believe that I even have to say this, but people play video games all over the world, yet America is the only stable country where mass shootings happen over and over again. There is a reason for all the gun violence in this country: it’s politicians unwilling to make a change.

And Trump had the audacity to blame mainstream media for sowing the hate that he himself uses to power the energy of his rallies. White nationalism, and the violence that results from it, is on the rise in America – the FBI could not be more clear of the risks.

It’s ridiculous that most Republicans like Trump and Zeldin want to look at everything except the true causes of the problem - easy access to guns and spreading white nationalism. This is what I’ll fight for in Congress:

Background checks for all firearms purchases

Reenacting relevant provisions of the assault weapons ban of 1994

Increasing resources for mental health services, part of the push for universal healthcare

Standing up against racist, divisive rhetoric every time, from the right and left

There’s so much more, but those are just a few things I’d fight for on day one that would make us safer. Instead of blaming video games, like Trump and Zeldin, I’m ready to stand up and do something about the true causes of heinous violence in this country.
— Perry Gershon