President Donald Trump met video games industry representatives, parents groups, and lawmakers about violence on Thursday.
The meeting was part of Pres. Trump’s response to the Florida school shooting that led to the deaths of 17 people. After the horrific incident, the President suggested that violent movies and video games may be a contributing factor to school shooting.
“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And then you go the further step and that’s the movies. You see these movies, they’re so violent, and yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved,” said Pres. Trump on February 22.
On Thursday, Pres. Trump started the meeting by showing clips of violent video games. After that, he asked the attendees, “What do you think needs to be done?
A fact-based conversation
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) considers the meeting as an opportunity to have a fact-based conversation” about video games.
In a statement ESA said, “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.”
Additionally, ESA said Pres. Trump was “receptive” and his approach in the discussion was “comprehensive.”
Melissa Henson, the program director for Parents Television Council, those who attended the meeting seemed open-minded. According to her, their discussion was “respectful but contentious.”
Henson added that she and her colleagues pointed out that the effect of a “steady diet of media violence” on our culture is “corrosive.”
Furthermore, she noted that Pres. Trump came to the meeting to gather information because he didn’t have an opening or closing statement.
On the other hand, Brent Bozell, the president of Media Research Council, told Pres. Trump that a tougher regulation of the video games industry is necessary. He said violent video games “needed to be given the same kind of thought as tobacco and liquor.”