Yesterday President Donald Trump met with representatives of the video game industry, along with pro-gun representatives and chap who had written a paper linking video game violence to gun violence using research that had been debunked by many, many academics. Here’s the press release from the White House.
Today, President Trump and senior members of the Administration met with leaders in the video game industry and experts on violence to discuss violent video game exposure and its impact on our children. To date, the Administration has led many discussions about how to prevent violent behavior in our schools, with a focus on stopping those intent on committing mass murder. During today’s meeting, the group spoke with the President about the effect that violent video games have on our youth, especially young males. The President acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence. The conversation centered on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitize our community to violence. This meeting is part of ongoing discussions with local leaders and Congress on issues concerning school and public safety and protecting America’s youth.
Please note that “The President acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence,” which only a handful of very dubious studies have concluded, the majority have clearly stated that there is not link and he did not acknowledge that.
Just in case you didn’t know about violent video games the White House helpfully uploaded a video. It features lots Call of Duty including the infamous ‘No Russians’ scene without context, and also features Wolfenstein clearly showing a Nazi getting it in the neck, and then more Nazi’s getting killed in Sniper Elite.
So to be clear, shooting Nazis and Russians is bad, be nice to them else The Donald will be upset.
UPDATE: The Washington Post has more information. Trump is said to be “open minded” but does want to “much tougher regulation” of the video-game industry, adding that video games “needed to be given the same kind of thought as tobacco and liquor.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, showed the clip above and said “Even though I know there are studies that have said there is no causal link, as a mom and a former high school teacher, it just intuitively seems that prolonged viewing of violent nature would desensitize a young person.”
Source: YouTube / The White House