If it were possible to monitor people’s social media accounts and correlate their posts with their online gaming profiles, it would be difficult to use that as evidence to cause someone to be institutionalized. The probable cause to arrest them would come from a warrantless search, so half of the country would be out on the streets with pitchforks and torches, calling for the Attorney General’s head on a pike. And any time you try to place the blame for anything on violent video games, the gamer community starts fueling up their torches and sharpening their pitchforks, so it’s hard to place the blame on any game.
I was just reading a couple of interesting Newsweek articles (here and here) about Adam Lanza, the 2012 schoolshooter at Sandy Hook. There were so many red flags waving in the wind, but no one did anything. There should be a national “If You See Something, Say Something” program linked to a network of nice young men in clean white coats with the power to bring someone in for mandatory psychological evaluation and keep them behind bars if they are judged to be dangerous. But instead, we allow our homicidal maniacs to roam the streets even after they tell us that they are planning mass murder. Maybe a new administration can come up with a feasible policy.
About Trump, I understand your concerns, because many people have the same problem with him. My stance is that I won’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. There is no perfect candidate, because all humans have flaws. Both candidates have expressed support for gun control in the past. As of now, one candidate is in favor of Australian style gun confiscation and the other candidate respects the Second Amendment, so my choice there is clear.
Thanks for the response.