In an interview on CBS This Morning Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that a frank discussion on a myriad of issues will be the only way to seriously curb gun violence in America beyond a discussion about gun control. That discussion should include violence found in some video games, substance abuse, and mental illness.
Christie said that parents need to discuss violent video games with their children and noted that he personally forbids games like Call of Duty in his household:
"We've got to talk about violence in these video games," Christie said. "I have four kids at home; I don't allow Call of Duty or these other [violent] games in. We have to start talking about that as parents." Christie also said that a frank discussion about mental illness is also important:
"You look at what happened in Connecticut; that young man was obviously mentally ill," Christie said. "He needed to be getting treatment, and I think there's such a stigma about mental illness and mental illness treatment in our country because we don't talk about it. It's an illness just like anything else."
Christie also pointed out that substance abuse can be a factor in violent crime, using a woman in Camden, NJ who decapitated her infant child and then killed herself. She was high on crack cocaine.
"So talk about all of it," Christie said. "I think we need to do things in all four of those categories."