On Thursday, during a meeting to discuss school safety with state lawmakers, Trump suggested the violence in movies and video games are the reason for mass shootings in the U.S. He then went on and brought up the idea for a “rating system.”
However, there’s one problem with Trump’s “new” idea, since the Entertainment Software Rating Board already rates video games and the MPAA does the same for movies.
Also, it has been proven that there is no connection between violent crime and violent media.
Villanova psychologist Patrick Markey stated, “All we can really say for sure is that there does not appear to be a link at this time between violent video games and school shootings.”
Markley added the link between the two things actually “goes in the opposite direction.”
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According to his research, school shooters actually do “things that aren’t typical of their peers.” It shows that they are “three times less likely to play violent video games” when compared to other high school students.
So if Trump’s theory about violent media causing more mass shootings is correct, that means that there should have been more violent crimes carried out by youth. However, violent crime committed by young people is said to be at 20-year lows.
Also, Trump seemed to have conveniently forgotten that other countries around the world have the same violent video games and movies but the U.S. is the only country that deals with such a high number of mass shootings.
You can watch the video below:
At meeting on school safety, President Trump says violence in video games and movies is responsible for shaping young people’s thoughts: “We have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing” https://t.co/VfXvVkwQmq pic.twitter.com/vbt2t0dhtm
— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
Below are some reactions:
— #VotethemOut2018 (@AmazonianGal127) February 22, 2018
Except @realDonaldTrump doesn’t realize that’s already been done to video games. Companies had no issues with creating & abiding by the ESRB ratings. Now, if someone is giving minors access to M-rated games, then it’s not the video game companies’ fault.
— Darling in the FRANXX (@SirHellsing420) February 23, 2018
He blames video games and movies for violence?
This is the same guy who said he delivered F-52 fighter jets to Norway.
A fictional plane from a game called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
okay trump sure whatever you say 🙃
— Friskk 😃 (@Friskkmkay) February 22, 2018
— Ricardo D Rebelo (@ricrebelo) February 22, 2018
They have movies and video games in other countries. They also have gun laws and gun reform and do not. have mass shootings. Try again.
— Katbro (@katbrolv79) February 22, 2018
That’s strange.. As far as I know we have video games and movies here too🇳🇴 but we’ve never had a school shooting. Oh, and we also have guns, but well regulated 👍
— Helene Gustavsen💫 (@xseppia) February 22, 2018
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