On Monday, in a discussion about reforms to gun ownership laws on Hardball with Chris Matthews, NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd insisted that it was important to have a conversation about “the culture of violence” as well. After Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizza expressed his frustration that it was next to impossible to have a “reasonable conversation” about gun ownership law reforms, Todd interjected with the seemingly off-topic insistence that parents must make sure their children are not playing too much video games.
“I’m sorry, we go to the whole common sense question about, you know, should someone be able to shoot off 30 rounds in 10 seconds – whatever it is. But, we’ve got to have the cultural conversation,” Todd said.
Todd said that the National Rifle Association is more likely to agree on gun control measures if entertainment producers are also at the table. Todd then pivoted to video game playing and chastised parents who are letting their children play video games excessively.
“If your kid, for three hours, is disappearing in the basement doing nothing but playing Halo, you may want to make sure your kid doesn’t have a problem,” Todd concluded.
“Well said,” Matthews added.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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