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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Crushes Beto – the ‘Radical Looney’ Will ‘Never be a Threat to Texas Politics Again’

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Beto O’Rourke, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, speaks to supports during an early morning a campaign stop, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)

 

 

If someone were particularly critical of Beto O’Rourke, and if they were intent upon expressing it, they may say something similar to, “The painfully clueless goofball seemingly unaware of how to come across like a normal person has made a complete fool of himself over and over and over.”

The may also provide examples such as…

Communist Revolutionary: Privileged Millionaire Beto Vows To Destroy America’s Wealth & Privilege

Let’s Talk About Beto – He’s Sure Talking About You…Racists

Beto Insists Central Americans Have ‘No Choice’ But To Attempt Illegal Immigration Because You Starved Them With Your ‘Excesses’

Beto Can’t Abandon His Pursuit Of 2020, Because Anything Less Wouldn’t Be ‘Good Enough’ For You. Just Ask Him

Beto’s Latest Presidential Move – By Way Of Video – Is Absolutely Hilarious & Enormously Pitiful

Beto O’Rourke’s Latest Goofy ‘Man Of The People’ Video Continues His Tone-Deaf Race To 2020 Obscurity

Beto Proves He’s The Coolest – And Most Mature – Candidate By Using The F Word On Live Television

Beto Continues His Mad Dash For Abject Failure, Calls On Banks To Refuse Credit Card Use For 2nd Amendment Purchases

But they might not.

Either way, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had something to say Tuesday about the anti-privileged-millionaire privileged millionaire.

Following Beto’s most recent move — a promise to steal America’s most popular hunting rifle from its citizens — Dan released a statement:

“When I heard Beto’s now infamous statement in the debate last week – ‘hell yes we are going to take your AR-15’s and your AK-47’s…’ My first thought was, thank God he lost to Ted Cruz. Because the Texas press never asked him any serious questions in that race, it wasn’t clear until now what a radical left-winger he is – the most radical of all the looney leftists and socialists currently running for president.”

Looney!

In Dan’s view, Beto’s idioted his way right out of politics:

“My second thought was he will never be a threat to Texas politics again. He’s stuck in tiny single digits in the polls, so he’s not going to be president, but now the Democrats can’t even put him on the ticket with the hope that he will help win Texas. He’s a gun confiscator – he’s done in our state.”

That sounds about right — Texans aren’t known for their desire to have their firearms stolen by a guy who plays punk rock in a sheep mask and white onesie:

Yeah — that ain’t Texas.

How can someone be so breathtakingly tone deaf?

Perhaps his race against Ted served to embolden his more rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities — he came within striking distance of Ted’s victory.

Or maybe, as former Republican Govern John Sununu recently asserted, it’s merely the rashness of despair:

“He really is desperate at this point and will say just about anything to get a headline.”

Hence, you get these:

Dan dug into Beto’s fashion line:

“Now he’s selling T-shirts with his ‘hell yes’ statement – another flailing attempt to hide his naked ambition and distract from his doomed campaign.”

Dang!

“Beto says he has talked to people in Texas who own AR-15s and they support his confiscation plan – so he found some liberal who agrees with him. It’s a big state, but the people I talk to don’t want to give up their guns. They know it is the evil intentions of a shooter, not the gun that is a threat to our safety.”

The lieutenant governor also pointed out something I haven’t seen much mentioned, which is — I think — a profound point: The term “buyback” is nonsensical.

“I will never support banning the AR-15s, AK-47s, or a phony buyback program – the government can’t buy back something they have never owned.”

Beto’s idea of government, so far as Dan is concerned, is exceedingly turdish:

“This is what our Second Amendment rights are about — making sure the government can never take away our guns.”

Will Beto ride it out into 2020? How much longer do you expect him to stay in the race? I wanna hear from you in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

San Francisco Solves Its Heinous Criminal Problem In A Flash With The Democrats’ Newest, Deadliest Weapon

Joe Biden’s Cool New Campaign Strategy Seems Iffy: If You Think He’s Too Old, Don’t Vote For Him

Democratic Congressman Tells His Swing District: We Need Illegal Immigrants To Mow Our Beautiful Lawns

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Kevin McCarthy: We need to look at the role of video games in these shootings

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In which the party of no ideas lives down to its reputation as it scrambles to resist a political offensive from the party of bad ideas.

McCarthy was prompted by comments made earlier by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who also blamed video games — and the lack of prayer in public schools — as contributing factors in the shootings:

The worst part of these answers isn’t that they’re wrong, it’s that they reek of wanting to change the subject. Republicans need something to offer voters demanding solutions to mass shootings but gun control and white nationalism are both topics of obvious discomfort to the GOP. Voila: Video games. It’s a neon sign flashing “Unserious.” Joe Cunningham at Red State is disgusted too:

But this position by McCarthy is not new, nor is it original. It is, however, very in-character of McCarthy to take the safest stance possible on an issue and not address the hard stuff. He won’t address guns, nor will he address white supremacy, violent political rhetoric, or mental health issues. All of these are hot issues in matters like these. McCarthy does not like controversy. He likes to lay low and play it safe on what positions he takes. He doesn’t want to offend anyone because that’s the easiest way to stay in power…

It is the coward’s way out, and it’s a disgrace to his position in the House and the Republican Party.

McCarthy has two things going for him here. One is that the El Paso shooter did mention “Call of Duty” in his manifesto, which is probably the peg for this talking point. A deeper point is that the droogs who populate 8Chan and who openly encourage white-nationalist attacks are prone to describing the death tolls in mass shootings as “getting a high score.” Case closed? Well, no. As the sample size expands, the relationship between video games and violence diminishes:

Even after a 2004 report conducted by the Secret Service and the Education Department found that only 12 percent of perpetrators in more than three dozen school shootings showed an interest in violent video games, lawmakers and public figures continued to blame the industry. In his 2008 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney cited “pornography and violence” in media, such as video games, as an inspiration for the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that killed 32 people.

In 2011, the Supreme Court weighed in after Democrats in California passed a law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. The court’s 7-2 decision found the law to be unconstitutional, with Scalia offering a majority opinion.

“Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively,” Scalia wrote. “Any demonstrated effects are both small and indistinguishable from effects produced by other media.”

A study published earlier this year and flagged by Cunningham reaffirmed that there’s little evidence that video games cause aggression in teenagers. Which is intuitive: If video games were encouraging real-life violence, we should have seen higher rates of violent crime over the past 25 years as games grew more realistic, more graphic, and more ubiquitous. Instead we’ve seen the opposite. As much as I hate to draft Michael Avenatti into my side of a debate, his cross-cultural comparison here is apt too:

You wouldn’t expect as many mass shootings in cultures with stricter gun control, but if video games are desensitizing people to violence, you’d certainly expect to see more aggression in other forms. Where’s the murder epidemic in the video-game-crazy Far East?

There are, of course, violent video games available in the Middle East too, yet in almost 20 years since 9/11 I don’t think I’ve once heard an American politician wonder after a jihadist terror attack what games might have done to desensitize young Muslim men. That’s the problem with zeroing in on the “Call of Duty” mention in the shooter’s manifesto: One needs to overlook a lot of ideological rhetoric about his motive in order to seize on that as the key cause, which raises the question of why one is straining so hard to overlook it. As for the “high score” trash from 8Chan’s alt-righters, it’s a chicken-and-egg issue. Did video games lead them to view people as non-human targets? Or did their ideological views of nonwhites as non-human targets lead them to analogize to video games to conceptualize mass murder? Take away the video games and you still have murder without the “high score” winking. Take away the ideology and you don’t.

The ironic thing about McCarthy and Patrick scapegoating video games is that they’re playing a variation of the left’s game on gun control. To the left, it’s of no consequence that tens of millions of Americans own and operate guns responsibly. If the one percent of the one percent of the one percent go off, that’s reason enough to consider denying everyone access. “Right,” McCarthy and Patrick seem to say, “except with video games.” Wrong on both counts.

The post Kevin McCarthy: We need to look at the role of video games in these shootings appeared first on Hot Air.

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Kevin McCarthy: We need to look at the role of video games in these shootings

Westlake Legal Group km Kevin McCarthy: We need to look at the role of video games in these shootings Video Games The Blog shooting republican Kevin McCarthy get a high score first person shooter El Paso dayton Dan Patrick

In which the party of no ideas lives down to its reputation as it scrambles to resist a political offensive from the party of bad ideas.

McCarthy was prompted by comments made earlier by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who also blamed video games — and the lack of prayer in public schools — as contributing factors in the shootings:

The worst part of these answers isn’t that they’re wrong, it’s that they reek of wanting to change the subject. Republicans need something to offer voters demanding solutions to mass shootings but gun control and white nationalism are both topics of obvious discomfort to the GOP. Voila: Video games. It’s a neon sign flashing “Unserious.” Joe Cunningham at Red State is disgusted too:

But this position by McCarthy is not new, nor is it original. It is, however, very in-character of McCarthy to take the safest stance possible on an issue and not address the hard stuff. He won’t address guns, nor will he address white supremacy, violent political rhetoric, or mental health issues. All of these are hot issues in matters like these. McCarthy does not like controversy. He likes to lay low and play it safe on what positions he takes. He doesn’t want to offend anyone because that’s the easiest way to stay in power…

It is the coward’s way out, and it’s a disgrace to his position in the House and the Republican Party.

McCarthy has two things going for him here. One is that the El Paso shooter did mention “Call of Duty” in his manifesto, which is probably the peg for this talking point. A deeper point is that the droogs who populate 8Chan and who openly encourage white-nationalist attacks are prone to describing the death tolls in mass shootings as “getting a high score.” Case closed? Well, no. As the sample size expands, the relationship between video games and violence diminishes:

Even after a 2004 report conducted by the Secret Service and the Education Department found that only 12 percent of perpetrators in more than three dozen school shootings showed an interest in violent video games, lawmakers and public figures continued to blame the industry. In his 2008 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney cited “pornography and violence” in media, such as video games, as an inspiration for the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that killed 32 people.

In 2011, the Supreme Court weighed in after Democrats in California passed a law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. The court’s 7-2 decision found the law to be unconstitutional, with Scalia offering a majority opinion.

“Psychological studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively,” Scalia wrote. “Any demonstrated effects are both small and indistinguishable from effects produced by other media.”

A study published earlier this year and flagged by Cunningham reaffirmed that there’s little evidence that video games cause aggression in teenagers. Which is intuitive: If video games were encouraging real-life violence, we should have seen higher rates of violent crime over the past 25 years as games grew more realistic, more graphic, and more ubiquitous. Instead we’ve seen the opposite. As much as I hate to draft Michael Avenatti into my side of a debate, his cross-cultural comparison here is apt too:

You wouldn’t expect as many mass shootings in cultures with stricter gun control, but if video games are desensitizing people to violence, you’d certainly expect to see more aggression in other forms. Where’s the murder epidemic in the video-game-crazy Far East?

There are, of course, violent video games available in the Middle East too, yet in almost 20 years since 9/11 I don’t think I’ve once heard an American politician wonder after a jihadist terror attack what games might have done to desensitize young Muslim men. That’s the problem with zeroing in on the “Call of Duty” mention in the shooter’s manifesto: One needs to overlook a lot of ideological rhetoric about his motive in order to seize on that as the key cause, which raises the question of why one is straining so hard to overlook it. As for the “high score” trash from 8Chan’s alt-righters, it’s a chicken-and-egg issue. Did video games lead them to view people as non-human targets? Or did their ideological views of nonwhites as non-human targets lead them to analogize to video games to conceptualize mass murder? Take away the video games and you still have murder without the “high score” winking. Take away the ideology and you don’t.

The ironic thing about McCarthy and Patrick scapegoating video games is that they’re playing a variation of the left’s game on gun control. To the left, it’s of no consequence that tens of millions of Americans own and operate guns responsibly. If the one percent of the one percent of the one percent go off, that’s reason enough to consider denying everyone access. “Right,” McCarthy and Patrick seem to say, “except with video games.” Wrong on both counts.

The post Kevin McCarthy: We need to look at the role of video games in these shootings appeared first on Hot Air.

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