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Trump Suggests Creating A ‘Rating System’ For Violent Games, Movies. It Already Exists.


Trump Suggests Creating A ‘Rating System’ For Violent Games, Movies. It Already Exists.

A day after President Trump held a public listening session to address concerns from survivors of the Parkland school massacre, the president suggested that violence in movies and video games could be a contributing factor to recent mass shootings during a meeting with state lawmakers to discuss school safety and mass shootings.

“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,” Trump said, according to pool reports.

“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.”

“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.”

It was unclear whether Trump was aware that the Motion Picture Association of America and Entertainment Software Rating Board both rate and classify content based on its suitability for specific audiences.

The president’s remarks come a week after 17 people were killed by a 19-year-old at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, reportedly used an AR-15 rifle he legally purchased to carry out the mass shooting.

Florida shooting survivor Chris Grady blasted Trump’s remarks about video games, telling CNN: “That’s just a really pathetic excuse… I grew up playing video games… first-person shooter games and I would never, ever dream of taking the lives of any of my peers so it’s just pathetic.”


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