In a television interview on Fox News "Sunday Morning Futures" when asked about the two deadly mass shooting in Texas and OH the top Republican expressed his concerns about the "bad influence" of video games.
The loudest of these voices comes from Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House minority leader who stated that video games are partly to blame for these incidents as games that involve shooting "dehumanize individuals".
"I say how long are we going to ignore it at the federal level particularly where they can do something about the video game industry", he added.
Two elected representatives warn violent video games would only fuel more mass shootings in the future on August 4. "We have to look at ourselves as a nation, there are many factors that go into these shootings, many factors". We've watched some studies that have shown before what it does to individuals. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick also appeared on Fox News and took aim at the industry as well, this time criticising games such as Call of Duty.
Two mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, within a 24-hour period on Saturday and Sunday have shaken the US.
"What are we as a nation to say that we're going to tolerate and allow a website that lets killers post their manifesto before and to be posted after the act?" Mr. Patrick stated. "We now have to take a protracted take a look at who we're as a nation and the place we wish to go and what we're going to tolerate from social media and from video video games".
He does not believe the guns themselves are evil and suggests violent video games are spreading a kind of demonic force.
"We've at all times had weapons; we've at all times had evil, however what's modified the place we see this rash of shooting?"
"Study after study has established that there is no casual link between video games and real world violence", Dan Hewitt, Vice President of Communications for the Entertainment Software Association, said in a statement to Vox on Sunday. "This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace".
Following the Parkland shooting in Florida past year, President Trump held a roundtable at the White House with industry representatives to discuss violence in video games. The paper often refers to an essay written by the University of Southern California's Professor Henry Jenkins back in 2005.
It states that researchers found "no relationship between aggressive behaviour in teenagers and the amount of time spent playing violent video games", and this isn't the only study to have came to the same conclusion.