By Sunday morning, “The Onion” was running its customary “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens” story, and politicians had blamed each other, the internet, mental illness and video games for mass shootings that killed 31 people in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

The last one, blaming violent video games, not only ignores decades of research and latches onto any mention of video game playing in the suspect’s history, but actively does harm by distracting from real reasons and solutions to violence in America, which is not new.  

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