Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says the gun discussion must focus on mental health. (WJBC file photo)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - As Vice President Joe Biden reaches out to the video game industry on how to curb violence, new Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) weighs in.
White House officials, led by Biden, are focusing on video game violence and possible suggestions for reforming violent behavior and the gun culture, and Davis said the discussion needs to be wide-ranging.
"I didn't have high hopes for the Vice President's commission, I really didn't," Davis said. "Unfortunately, it seems like it's predestined to just deal with gun control measures, and I think that's short-sighted. I'm glad they brought up the discussion about video games."
Davis told WJBC's Beth Whisman he struggles with discussing video game violence with his own sons.
"My 12-year old boys, I walk in the room and they're playing their Xbox, there's blood splattering on the screen," Davis said. "Should I stop that and should I take that away or should I talk to them and remind them it's not real? But does a video game cause [violent actions] to happen?"
Biden's commission will present proposals later this month in response to shootings in Connecticut, Colorado, and California. Davis felt in addition to video games, mental health should be the focus of gun control discussions.
"Normal people can't comprehend what happened," Davis said. "That's why this national discussion can't just focus on firearms and magazines and that sort, but we have to make sure the government is doing what it can with mental health issues."
Davis expects high drama on the debt ceiling conversation. He said the leverage point on financial negotiations will create value.
"Most American families don't realize that even with this temporary increase put forward, it stopped the largest tax increase in history for every middle class family," Davis said.
According to Davis, raising the debt to pay the debt makes no sense, and a conversation on cutting spending must come soon. Significant cuts must come for his support of the debt ceiling.
"Frankly, I don't see how I would have voted for the debt ceiling given the chance," Davis said. "It added $4 trillion to our national debt."
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