Trump turns spotlight on violent video games in wake of Parkland shootings

Andrew Cummings
March 10, 2018

Trump has focused on video games as he seeks solutions to deal with the scourge of guns in the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.

The Post also said key critics of the games industry would be at the table, including Brent Bozell, founder of the Parents Television Council.

Following the roundtable, the Entertainment Software Association shared with the press the position it took with the Trump administration, saying (via The Washington Post) "we discussed the numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence, First Amendment protection of video games, and how our industry's rating system effectively helps parents make informed entertainment choices".

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could result in economic growth that is slower than states assumed in their budget forecasts, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday.

Criticizing the violent content in the video games, Donald Trump said that the video games, internet and movies are so violent. A White House official said Trump was referencing an ongoing investigation of China in which the US trade representative is studying whether Chinese intellectual property rules are "unreasonable or discriminatory" to American business.

The White House posted an unlisted YouTube video Thursday titled "Violence in Video Games" - a montage of violent clips from various video games including Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

In 2011, the Supreme Court rejected a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children.

The US leader has triggered howls of protest in his own camp by slapping tariffs of 25 percent on imports of steel and 10 percent on aluminum on Thursday, with only Canada and Mexico exempt for the time being.

But, as Noah points out, violence in video games does not automatically lead to violent behavior.

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With reality-show flair, Trump built suspense for the announcement by making an impromptu visit to the White House briefing room. However, there's never been any evidence that fantasy video-game violence correlates with real-world violence, as the game industry has pointed out.

"We have to look at the internet because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds and their minds are being formed", he said.

We welcomed the opportunity today to meet with the President and other elected officials at the White House.

"What we're seeing is steel prices are very quickly increasing to highs we haven't seen since 2011 or 2008", according to Phil Raimondo, president and CEO of Behlen Manufacturing, which uses steel to make buildings, livestock water tanks and grain elevators.

"As we continue to work towards creating school safety programs that protect all children, the President will be meeting with video game industry leaders and Members of Congress to discuss violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children", Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters.

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