Instead of working to enact new common sense gun safety measures, President Trump has been trying to pass the buck and blame video games and movies. This deflection, perpetuated by the gun lobby, has been widely debunked. During a listening session this week on school safety, Trump said: “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.”
In 2013, Heller agreed with Trump. In a speech to the Nevada Legislature, Heller said that rather than working on new gun laws, Congress should instead take on Hollywood and limit violence in video games:
Heller: “Rather than limiting our access to guns or nitpicking high-capacity magazine clips, Congress should take on a larger issue – Hollywood. If Washington is not talking about the violence in movies, on television and in video games, then what are we doing?” [AP, 3/29/13]
Now, following one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history, Heller is declining to answer questions about what actions, if any, he would support in the interest of preventing gun violence.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Sen. Heller and too many Washington Republicans are sticking to the same old playbook after yet another mass shooting: silence, inaction, and misdirection. Instead of doing anything to address gun violence in a meaningful way, Republicans like Dean Heller and Donald Trump would rather regurgitate talking points from the gun lobby and deflect blame on to video games and movies. Nevadans are ready to elect a new senator who will have the backbone to support gun safety legislation.”