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Rick Santorum on Gun Control Debate: Why Aren’t We Going After Violent Video Games and Films?

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history, there has been renewed interest in increasing gun control regulation. There has also been pushback from conservatives who feel that gun control measures will either not do anything to prevent gun violence or will lead to a slippery slope towards a ban on firearms.

During a panel discussion on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, political commentator and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum waded into the debate by taking aim at the entertainment industry. After finding consensus with liberals on the banning of bump stocks and modifying semi-automatic weapons to shoot like automatic ones, Santorum then said more attention should be focused on video games and films.

“Violence in television and the video games — there is a mountain of evidence out there, psychological evidence, about what we’re doing to our young people with these video games, violent video games, and you never hear the left trying to go after Hollywood or the gaming market,” Santorum exclaimed. “It is never involved in this discussion. Where is the solution? Here we are. Where is the solution?”

He would keep going on about Hollywood.

“Always gun control,” Santorum complained. “It is never about the violence we have in our society, it is never about what Hollywood, you know, contribution to that.”

He would later go back and forth with former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm about how this was an issue of freedom and how tens of millions of people own guns shouldn’t have their rights imposed upon.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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