In a 10-minute commentary segment, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough talked about the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Scarboiorugh said that watching the ticker in Times Square above the ABC studios on Friday, he knew that the killer would be a young, white, middle class male, who sat at a computer, played violent video games and had a powerful weapon.
“I knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that I want, that I demand, for my children,” he said, adding:
“You know me, I am conservative Republican who received the NRA’s highest ratings over four terms in Congress. I saw this debate over guns as a powerful symbolic struggle, between individual rights and government control. You know what? In the years after Waco and Ruby Ridge, the symbolism in theta debate seemed even more powerful to me. But the symbols of that ideological struggle? They have been shattered by the harvest sewn by violent mind-numbing video games and gruesome Hollywood movies, that dangerously desensitize those who struggle with mental health challenges. Then add in military-styled weapons and high-capacity magazine to that equation, and tragedy can never be far behind.”