The White House announced on Thursday that the President of the US, Donald Trump, is setting up a meeting with executives from the video game industry, happening next week (see the video at the bottom). The Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that at the meeting, they will be talking about the issues of violence and school safety.
The Entertainment Software Association said that they haven’t heard anything about an invitation to meet the President. They stated:
“ESA and our member companies have not received an invitation to meet with President Trump.”
The Secretary said on Friday that the invites were delivered on Thursday.
Last week Trump was talking about the problem with violence in video games and movies and is seeking a solution for this issue. We do not know if the White House will want a meeting with studio reps and the MPAA.
The video game industry is constantly trying to push back claims that there is a link between on-screen violence and real-life acts. ESA stated:
“The same video games played in the U.S. are played worldwide; however, the level of gun violence is exponentially higher in the US than in other countries. Numerous authorities have examined the scientific record and found there is no link between media content and real-life violence. The U.S. video game industry has a long history of partnering with parents and more than 20 years of rating video games through the Entertainment Software Rating Board. We take great steps to provide tools to help players and parents make informed entertainment decisions.”
After the Sandy Hook shooting massacre, NRA said that the video games and movies are responsible for the violent society. Also, the gun rights activists have said that the famous people that have spoken out on the issue are hypocritical. Some gun control groups dismissed the discussion of gun violence because they are seeing it as a distraction from taking more concrete steps, like expanding background checks and restrictions on assault weapons.
Are video games responsible for gun violence in real life? Or changes need to be made to federal and state gun laws?