Fox & Friends Co-Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck: We Need National Registry for Video Games

The new Fox & Friends host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck (formerly the lone conservative on ABC's The View) suggested during the Tuesday morning show that "the left" was trying to make Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard about "gun control." Instead she pointed out that the country doesn't need a national registry for guns, it needs one for to track video game purchases. Raw Story offers some choice quotes from the segment – thanks PHX Corp for the tip.

"You know, certainly, this topic has already taken a turn again, the left’s already making this about gun control," Hasselbeck said.

"Is this about gun control or is this about a guy who has a history of drinking a lot, playing video games a lot and a few shooting incidents?" co-host Brian Kilmeade asked.

"But you talk about this guy’s background, as we look into it," Kilmeade continued. "He’s got a friend, who said, 'Yeah, he had an obsession with video games, shooting video games. In fact, he would come over and he would be playing so long — these video games, these shooting games — we’d have to give him dinner, we’d have to feed him while he continued to stay on them.'"

"Are more people susceptible to playing video games?" Hasselbeck continued. "Is there a link between a certain age group or [demographic] in 20- to 34-year-old men, perhaps, that are playing these video games and their violent actions?"

"What about frequency testing?" she added. "How often has this game been played? I’m not one to get in there and say, monitor everything, but if this, indeed, is a strong link, right, to mass killings then why aren’t we looking at frequency of purchases per person? And also, how often they’re playing and maybe they time out after a certain hour."

You can watch the video to your left and draw your own conclusions.

Source: Raw Story

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    Neeneko says:

    Yeah, but you forget the Fox News target demographic.  A rather strong theme among viewers (esp the religiously conservative ones) is that mental illness is moral weakness thus it is not the VA's responsibility anyway…. on the other end you have their libertarian contingent who tend to be in the camp that it is the person's own fault for not buying themselves better health care.

    Either way, VA scandals, even if it represents not supporting the troops, do not play well to their primary marketing target.  Weapons, pay, moral, authority, those are things you can give the military.. but healthcare?  Does not resonate.

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    Hevach says:

    If you want to turn the debate away from guns, the real news (coming out of your own networks, just not the "talent" you put on the air) gives you some really, REALLY good ways. And it's not like the last time the VA hospital system was in the news when your favorite party had a president in office and you didn't want to blame him, you can blame Obama for every failing of the VA hospitals and mental healthcare system. Ignore the fact that it's a long standing systemic issue, Obama's president!

    Heck, the last VA hospital scandal was in 2006, and Fox and Friends has been saying for years that Obama took office in 2005. Blame that on him, too!

    Seriously, I WANT you to dot his. The only people who will correct you on it are people on shows your fans don't watch, and it might actually, decades late but better than never, help our mentally ill – veterans or otherwise.

    Or, blame video games and make yourselves parodies of yourself when you're already parodies of the rest of your network, which strives to be a parody of cable news, in a world where cable news barely scrapes above the parody line itself. Stupid for stupid's sake is easier than stupid for a good cause.

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    Craig R. says:

    No, we need to take morons like Elisabeth Hasselbeck off the airwaves.

    I said it the other day, but I'll say it again: the "news media" is coming across as the dangerous one here.

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    Thipp says:

    Honestly, this. The fact vs fiction line is far more blurry when it comes to sensationalist 24 hour news networks than it is in video games or other media, by a huge margin.

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    NyuRena says:

    Maybe we counter that with a national database of ignoramus demagogues, religious zealot dominionists, and people who can't even name the three branches of the federal government?  

    Their show (and Fox) is technically worse for our society than any video game ever made! Unlike any gamer I've met, their viewers can't tell fact from fiction. Maybe they figure we are just as mentally stunted as they are, which could explain their beliefs, since they might actually go emulate a video game. 😉

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    MechaCrash says:

    I'm trying to figure out how to put my disgust and contempt for these jackals into words, but nothing is really coming. I've used it all up. All I've really got is "he wasn't killing them with his games, he was killing them with guns, so fuck each and every one of you."

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