After implying that video games and Hollywood are to blame for gun violence in America, President Trump then suggested a system that is already in place as way to warn that a movie might be violent. If that wasn't enough, Trump minutes later proposed paying armed teachers a bonus. The gun debate is a hot topic at the moment after yet another mass shooting at school occurred last week, in which a gunman killed 17 students and teachers in Florida.
While many people, like the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, believe that gun control is the answer, the GOP and President Donald Trump are blaming violent video games and Hollywood for gun violence in America. During a meeting with state lawmakers yesterday, Trump blamed video games and movies for the recent shootings and then suggested that Hollywood come up with a rating system. Obviously, a rating system already exists, letting viewers know if there is graphic violence, sex, bloody images, and a whole slew of other things that moviegoers could be squeamish about. Trump had this to say.
"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. And maybe they have to put a rating system for that. You get into a whole very complicated, very big deal but the fact is that you are having movies come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else that maybe that's another thing we're going to have to discuss."
In addition to video games, Donald Trump also blamed the internet for gun violence in the United States. The president talked about young minds being "formed" and how the internet could be damaging to said young minds. Trump then said that he's been hearing a lot about how video games are "shaping young people's thoughts." He explains
"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. We have to do something about maybe what they're seeing and how they're seeing it. And also video games. I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts."
This is not a new response to gun violence in the United States. Numerous studies have been conducted about the correlation of violence in video games and movies and violent behavior in the real world. There has not been any conclusive evidence to suggest that movies and video games are to blame for violence of any kind in America. The same movies and video games are watched and played in other countries and they don't have close to the amount of gun violence as the United States.
It's worth noting that Donald Trump reportedly received over $30 million from the National Rifle Association during the election, so that might be an indicator of why he's blaming Hollywood and the video game industry for the gun violence in the United States. Going back to what Trump said about the ratings system for Hollywood movies, it's not clear if he was talking about the system that's already in place or a way of overhauling it even further than it has been in the last several years. You can watch a video of Donald Trump blaming Hollywood and the video game industry below, courtesy of Meg Wagner's Twitter account.