Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Mayor of Odessa blames video games for mass shooting

David R. Turner
David R. Turner, Mayor of Odessa, TX
via Fox News
In an interview on MSNBC Sunday David R. Turner, the mayor of Odessa, blamed violent video games and evil people for mass shootings. In response to the shooting, Turner organized a prayer vigil.

Seven dead and at least 25 injured by a gunman who previously failed background checks. This comes on the heels of an August 3 massacre at a Walmart in El Paso that killed 22 people. You would think that Turner could come up with something more substantive than video games and prayers.

Maybe not. Aside from the politics any gun safety sentiments are an admission that what we are doing doesn't seem to be working. It easier to blame video games than to take some responsibility for inaction.

My email to His Honor follows:
To: dturnermayor@gmail.com
From: David Cary Hart
Subject: Having been shot ...
Organization: The Slowly Boiled Frog
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2019 17:44:57 -0400

My career as a successful and ambitious CEO ended when I bore testament to the fact that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. In the competition of human tissue and ordnance, the bullet always prevails; displacing everything in its path. The projectile did even more damage when it lost some energy. Instead of drilling through cartilage and bone and exiting, it ricocheted around, devastating everything that it touched.

Your suggestion that violent video games have caused gun violence is just one more effort to avoid any real assessment of what we can do to reduce the carnage. You are circumventing the kind of analysis and introspection that might cause you to question what you think you know and what you have advocated for. It is acceptable, you know, to have been wrong.

Prayer vigils might make you feel better but they are not a substitute for sober thinking about gun violence and how to really do something about it. Anything.

Your governor is wed to the belief that more guns reduces gun violence. Sometimes I think that "leaders" of Red State America are trying too hard to demonstrate they they are not part of the "East Coast Elite." Proving that one is not Barrack Obama requires taking positions that are cartoonishly extreme. Never mind the lives lost to the mindless posturing.

Here is your chance to demonstrate your independence and integrity. Unless, of course, you think that being mayor of a city of 100,000 is more important. You can toe the Republican Party line and appeal to the lowest common denominator or you can appeal to what is best for your citizens and for America. The choice is yours and we will be watching.

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