On a day when discussion over the nation’s gun laws dominated Capitol Hill, a comment made by Sen. Lamar Alexander drew attention from political observers nationwide.
Alexander appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” news show Wednesday.
After briefly discussing new immigration reform proposals, host Chuck Todd asked Alexander if he could envision supporting a proposal to implement a universal background check system for gun purchases.
The senator declined to answer Todd’s question directly, instead pivoting to his thoughts on video games and gun violence.
“Chuck, I’m going to wait and see on all these bills,” Alexander said. “You know, I think video games is a bigger problem than guns because video games affect people. But the First Amendment limits what we can do about video games; the Second Amendment of the Constitution limits what we can do about guns. So the details matter to me.”
Alexander’s comments came an hour before the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss gun violence and safety proposals in the wake of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The remarks were commented on by various left-leaning national media publications.
It was not the first time Alexander had suggested violent crime and video games were linked. Following the introduction of a sweeping gun control proposal by President Barack Obama earlier this month, the senator said he would review the “impact of violent video games that enable individuals, especially children, to practice killing.”
After discussing gun control, Alexander offered comments regarding a recent ruling striking down NLRB recess appointments and the upcoming Senate hearings for secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel.
To view the full interview, click here.