Trump to meet with video game makers after Florida shooting

Alfred Osborne
March 10, 2018

The White House's statement said: "During today's meeting, the group spoke with the President about the effect that violent video games have on our youth, especially young males".

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"The president acknowledged some studies have indicated there is a correlation between video game violence and real violence", The White House said in a statement.

Donald Trump's administration produced a horrifying, blood-spattered video showcasing extreme video-game violence - and the YouTube clip has quickly become an internet hit. Critics have viewed the meeting as an irrelevant sideshow to the real issue of enacting meaningful gun-law reforms.

ESA's Michael Gallagher and ESRB's Patricia Vance have spent years in debating and defending the First Amendment rights of the video games and the effectiveness of the game industry rating system.

Robert Zoellick, who served as US trade representative under President George W. Bush, told the Brussels conference that the Geneva-based WTO risks being shaken by Trump's decision to base the steel and aluminum import levies on national-security considerations. Henson stated that the meeting was more of a listening session and that no conclusion was arrived at, according to Time.

Some who favor getting the government involved in gaming restrictions said they'd also like for the White House to focus not only on games, but on other forms of media - TV, film, and music - where violence often shows up.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also attended. "Video game industry representatives say (violent games) are. only ever meant to be played by adult players, but they must surely be aware that kids are playing them despite whatever their intentions might be", Henson said.

"I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts", the president said during a meeting with state and local officials on school safety a little more than a week after the Parkland shooting. After weeks of public deliberation - including expressing support for some gun control measures - Trump has not yet outlined what he would like to see in legislation.

The meeting comes in the wake of last month's shooting at a school in Florida in which 17 people died.

The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and create a waiting period on weapons sales.

In the Senate, Republicans are opposing the duties en masse, with Senator Jeff Flake already preparing a bill to "nullify these tariffs". Less than 24 hours after White House adviser Peter Navarro declared that there would be no exceptions to the tariffs, Trump tweeted that they may come off for Canada and Mexico "if a new and fair NAFTA agreement". But, as Noah points out, violence in video games does not automatically lead to violent behavior.

"There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows violence against its own people", said the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, blaming "vicious violent video games" as well as "bloodsoaked films".

Mr Bozell has frequently called for a reduction of violence in games. The main contingent of industry representatives were members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

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