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Peter Dutton Is Using The Christchurch Shootings To Stir Up The Debunked Video Game Violence Debate Again

Standard play from the politician's handbook: don't own up to the issue and blame video games instead.

Home Affairs Minister and potato representative Peter Dutton proclaimed that the “extreme left‘ are basically as much to blame as the “extreme right” when it comes to the recent Christchurch shootings the other day.

But just when you think ol’ mate couldn’t say anything more stupid than that, he somehow managed to top himself on ABC Radio National on March 18 by using Christchurch to revisit the well and truly debunked video game violence debate.

“I think there is a further debate, I might say, in relation to the use of computer games and graphic videos, and the way in which that is accessed online.” 

Good grief, Dutto, you’ve done some truly stupid things in your time as a politician and yet you continue to surprise us.

Rehashing the video game violence debate is a standard play from the politician handbook: ignore the real issues at hand and/or deny that you had anything to do with the incident at hand and blame it on video games.

It’s a fearmongering tactic pollies like to use that also has no basis in fact. There have been several scientific studies conducted over the past decade or so that conclusively proves that there is simply no link between violent games and real-life violence.

Just last month, the University of Oxford and the Oxford Internet Institute conducted one of the most comprehensive study into the link between violent games and real-life violence. After collecting data on over 2,000 teens, parents, and carers, the study concluded (again) that there simply is no link between the two.

Having been a gamer for nearly my whole life, defending video games from fact-denying politicians is just exhausting and pointless because it feels like I’m screaming into a void.

So politicians, here’s my response to your constant rehashing of a debunked subject:

It’s an honest question that I don’t think I’ll get an honest answer to.

If politicians really want to deep dive into what caused angry people who happened to play games to go shoot up two mosques, then perhaps they should start looking into the anti-migrant and Muslim rhetoric that’s been peddled by certain parties over the last decade or so.

But that’s a story for another day. For now, let’s just cut the crap on this rehashed video game violence thing before it goes anywhere.

Peter Dutton Wants You To Know That The Left Are Also To Blame For Christchurch

Oh boy.

There has been an outpouring of grief and support to New Zealand from all around the world in the days following the Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15.

Following the attack, Greens leader Richard Di Natale and NSW senator Mehreen Faruqi renewed calls to install an official parliamentary code of conduct to address any hate speeches from elected officials, with Di Natale calling out Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton for his past comments suggesting it was a mistake to resettle many Lebanese migrants in Australia.

After catching wind of those comments, ol’ mate Dutton wasn’t too happy about being called out and immediately clapped back by calling Di Natale and Faruqi as part of the “extreme left” who are “as bad in these circumstances” as Fraser Anning.

For those who are unaware, Anning released an absolutely atrocious statement following the Christchurch terror attack in which he blamed New Zealand’s immigration policy for causing white nationalists to attack two mosques, killing 50 and wounding several others.

Comparing the “extreme left” to far-right folk like Anning is like comparing the speed of an F1 car to how much water is in a swimming pool. Those two things are simply not the same and the “blame both sides” argument carries no weight here, despite what Dutton thinks and is desperately trying to peddle to the public.

Di Natale has since clapped back at Dutton, vowing to hold him and “all voices of hate to account.”

And Dutton’s line about using Christchurch for a political advantage?

That’s kinda the pot calling the kettle black for ol’ mate there, but we shouldn’t be too surprised at this point given his recent track record of embarrassing himself with whatever he does or says.

PM Jacinda Ardern Declares Christchurch Shooting 'One Of New Zealand's Darkest Days', Says Migrants Deserve To Feel Safe

Shootings at two mosques have left Christchurch in lockdown.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared the deadly Christchurch shooting “New Zealand’s darkest day”.

The shootings occurred at two busy mosques in Christchurch, on the South Island, on Friday afternoon, resulting in multiple deaths and casualties, according to reports.

One of the gunmen livestreamed the shooting at Al Noor Mosque to social media, sharing the shocking video to Facebook.

Addressing the media as police continue to deal with the incident – now with four suspects in custody – Ardern said migrants deserve to feel safe in New Zealand, declaring “they are us”.

 

“Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home,” she said.

“They are us.

“The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. They have no place in New Zealand. There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was.”

Police are yet to confirm the exact number of casualties.

Friday is the holiest day for Muslims and the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Mosque were filled with worshippers prior to the shootings, according to reports. Witnesses reported a number of casualties.

Ardern called for calm in what is an ongoing incident.

“My thoughts also to those in Christchurch, who are still dealing with an unfolding situation,” she said.

“The advice from police continues to be that people remain indoors. I acknowledge that that may mean that some families are separated, but please continue to listen out for information as it comes to light that’s been directly provided by the New Zealand Police with further information. But as I say, please remain in lockdown.

“We are potentially still dealing with an evolving situation. And again, as I say, across multiple sites. Please be assured, though, the police are actively managing the situation.”

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush addressed the media earlier, detailing the lockdown.

“The multiple fatalities are, as far as we know, at two locations. Amosque at Deans Ave and another mosque at Linwood Ave, Christchurch. Again, we are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area that are under threat,” he said.

“I want to assure everyone that we have mobilised every police resource in the Canterbury region to respond to this. And we are also in the process of mobilising every national police resource to keep people safe. But I also want to ask you to stay indoors if you’re in that location.

“And I want to ask anyone that was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go, to close your doors until you hear from us again.”

If this incident has raised concerns for you, you can call Lifeline on 131114.

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