Donald Trump demonstrates video game violence with YouTuber footage

Lillie HarperMar 12, 2018

Donald Trump will host executives from the video game industry at the White House on Thursday, resurrecting a debate over the link between violent video games and gun-related deaths in the aftermath of the Parkland high school shooting.

The industry is bracing for a full-scale bantering from Trump about violent video games, as many expect the president to use games as a scapegoat for school shootings and other violence in society - rather than blaming guns. After the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, which was the deadliest mass shooting at either a high school or grade school in USA history, President Barack Obama said: "Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds". And while we don't know what tone the meeting will take, we can hazard a guess based on who's showing up and the fact it is meant to discuss "violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children".

Games like Call Of Duty and Fallout have been used to illustrate the supposed dangers of video games, as Trump meets with top industry execs.

"We're going to be very fair and very flexible, but we're going to be protecting the American worker", the president said.

Trump signed a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminum imports at the White House on Thursday, saying it would revive those industries hurt by unfair trade practices in the global marketplace.

Here's how the White House characterized today's meeting in a statement it released afterward: "The President acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence". "I think he's deeply disturbed by some of the things you see in these video games that are so darn violent, viciously violent, and clearly inappropriate for children, and I think he's bothered by that", said Brent Bozell, the president of the Media Research Council. For many years, parents thought television and video games were a suitable babysitter, a substitute for actually spending time with their kids.

While Trump has suggested rating both games and movies for violence, ratings already exist.

Over the years, the National Rifle Association has long pointed to violent video games as the reason for violence in children as they look to shrug responsibility of easy access to guns. Among other actions, Obama called on Congress in 2013 to fund research at the Centers for Disease Control "into the effects that violent video games have on young minds". "In so many other places where you had mass shootings by children, and every instance I just gave, that child who was the shooter was watching violent video games". "Their best marketers are same-age peers", she said in an interview. In a statement, the Entertainment Software Association said that the meeting brought up the various scientific studies that proved no connection between violence and video games. "First Amendment protection of video games, and how our industry's rating system effectively helps parents make informed entertainment choices. We hope that this is just the first step towards meaningful reform, meaningful remedies and solutions to our real life gun violence", he said.

According to the Post, Trump opened the meeting by showing the montage, asking the group: "This is violent isn't it?"

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