There was a press conference held yesterday in the White house where president Trump was to speak on School safety. Trump not only said that Video games might be at fault for school shootings but also movies too. He goes on to say ‘We may have to talk about that’. We are not entirely sure what this means for video games and violent movies as of yet but we are sure we will hear more in the future.
It is the Parkland shooting in Florida which has reignited the discussions around video game violence causing children and teenagers to become violent. This was a hot topic a number of years ago when a teen said he was inspired to kill by a video game called ‘Hitman’. This video game was particularly graphic and gory in all areas. It managed to get banned in many countries and ones that it was released in had the gore scaled back.
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
Trump also went on to say this:
Unless you’re going to have offensive capability you’re wasting your time
And also tweeted this:
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
Now I personally think that this is ludicrous and video game and movie ratings are well thought out. However there are some parents who buy violent video games for their young children. Where this may be a bad thing I don’t think it will make these kids violent. There are very few instances of video games being linked to acts of violence. One I mentioned earlier in the article. I and many other people have grown up playing ‘violent’ video games and we have turned out to be normal functioning members of society with healthy lives. There are very few anomalies to this and I think we should see them as that – anomalies.
I feel the issues more lie in the ability of someone who is mentally disturbed being easily able to walk into a gun shop and buy an assault weapon. This is where the problem lies. Not with video games.