NRA finds new scapegoat for shooting deaths: loud video game headphones

When I heard there was a shooting at a Madden 19 tournament yesterday, I thought it was just a matter of time before gun-rights advocates started blaming video games for the scourge of violence in our country.

I was sort of right.

Of course, it’s an article of faith among NRA members that guns have absolutely nothing to do with gun violence, because that’s just crazy, right? So it must be the fault of the oldest scapegoat in the book: young people and their weird, newfangled ways.

In a feat of blame-shifting that would make Duncan Hunter blush, NRATV host Grant Stinchfield today implied that people died in this latest mass shooting because kids weren’t sufficiently aware of their surroundings … because they were wearing headphones:

If you listen over the talking that person doesn’t hear the shots. Why? Because their headphones are on. This is another example of people not being aware of their surroundings. I heard at least four, or five, or six shots while that person was taking a cellphone video of the game. There’s no running for cover, there’s not even any looking around. They’re still focused on the screen in front of them as someone is firing a handgun through the crowd. You’ve got to be aware of your surroundings at all places. I know it’s hard when you’re wearing headphones, but we talk about this all the time, whether you’re jogging and wearing headphones, whether you’re at a video game wearing headphones, if they’re so loud you can’t hear what’s going on around you, you are living in your own world. That can become deadly.

Wait, this is the answer to gun violence? I have to anticipate a deadly attack at all times? Should I hire Cato from the Pink Panther movies just to keep me on my toes? Do I need to drink 12 cans of Red Bull a day now? Sleep with one eye open? In a panic room? With Ronda Rousey? And a trained marmot?

Okay, sure. Or maybe I could just move to Australia.

Or is he advocating earbud control — since, you know, earbuds aren’t mentioned anywhere in the Bill of Rights?

What is he saying exactly? 

And I thought it was crazy that Jarts are illegal but military assault rifles aren’t. I guess the real problem is that people too often let their guard down in public by assuming no one will shoot at them that day.

Kids these days. Sheesh.

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