House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended Hollywood and the video game industry on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, arguing that gun violence is more likely to go down with strict laws than a shift in forms of entertainment.
Wallace began by saying that “we don’t need another study.” We know that games and movies “where people have their heads splattered” aren’t exactly healthy for young children.
“Why don’t you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge them, shame them, and say, ‘Knock it off’?” he asked Pelosi.
The lawmaker responded: “Well, I do think whatever we do, because when you talk about evidence-based, we have that throughout our proposal. In other words, we don’t want to just anecdotally writing bills. We want to have the evidence to say –.”
At that point Wallace interrupted, noting again that she has “a lot of friends” in Hollywood and could wield significant influence if she chose.
“I do think — see, I understand what you’re saying,” Pelosi said. “I’m a mother, I’m a grandmother… But the evidence says that — in Japan, for example, they have the most violent games and the lowest death, mortality from guns. I don’t know what the explanation is for that except they may have good gun laws.”
Pelosi proceeded to explain how banning the sale of “assault weapons” will keep us safer, mistakenly saying how much Democrats “avow the First Amendment” and believe Americans have a right to arm themselves (presumably she meant to say Second Amendment).
Watch the Fox News clip, via the Weekly Standard, below:
In addition to the gun comments, Pelosi also said that “It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address.” But throughout the interview, Wallace pressed: “The bottom line, Congresswoman, is you can’t raise taxes enough to solve the deficit problem.”
Watch the entire interview below: