'Video games a bigger problem than guns' - US senator

Senator Lamar Alexander diverts talks over gun control

United States Senator Lamar Alexander has said that video games are a "bigger problem than guns" in the hotly debated topic of gun crime and gun control reform in North America.


During an interview with MSNBC discussing the proposed bill for universal background checks to be enforced on all gun purchases, the Republican of Tennessee diverted blame to gaming, claiming that "video games affect people".

"I'm going to wait and see on all of these bills. I think video games is [sic] a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people," said Alexander, (via Polygon).

He added, "But the First Amendment limits what we can do about video games and the Second Amendment to the Constitution limits what we can do about guns."

Earlier this month President Barack Obama staged a new challenge against America's gun policies, proposing sweeping reform to gun laws whilst urging better research into media which glamorises gun culture.

Obama urged congress to "fund research on the effects that violent video games have on young minds".