Donald Trump Decries Video Games For Fuelling Gun Violence In The Wake Of Mass Shooting

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the US President held a meeting at the White House to discuss violent video games, claiming that the level of violence on video games is really shaping “young people’s thoughts.”

Speaking on Wednesday, Donald Trump said: “The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent.”

“It’s so incredible. I see it. I get to see things that you would be, you’d be amazed at,” he added: “I have a young — very young son who — I look at some of the things he’s watching, and I say, ‘How is that possible?’ And this is what kids are watching.”

As Trump and his administration continue to turn the conversation away from change in the commercial gun industry, he has planned to meet with people from the video game industry next week.

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Sarah Sanders, the press secretary at the White House, said: “Next week, President Trump will be meeting with members of the video game industry to see what they can do.

“This is going to be an ongoing process. It’s something we don’t expect to change overnight.” Sanders replied in response to a question about why it sounds like there won’t be any action in Congress regarding new gun legislation.

The spokesman for the Entertainment Software Association(ESA), which represents 34 companies including Nintendo, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Sony Interactive Entertainment, has denounced any attempt by the Trump administration to link video games to an increase in violence in the real world.

“The same video games played in the US are played worldwide; however, the level of gun violence is exponentially higher in the US than in other countries,” the spokesman said: “Numerous authorities have examined the scientific record and found there is no link between media content and real-life violence.”

Researchers have recently conducted some studies with more than 3,000 participants, proving that video games don’t “prime” players to behave in certain ways.

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