During a meeting with state lawmakers on gun control, President Donald Trump suggested that video games and violent movies are partly responsible for mass shootings.
“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” Trump said, before pivoting his argument towards the film industry. “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."
Then, the president went on to suggest a rating system for films, even though there is already one in place. "Maybe they have to put a rating system for that," he said. "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.”
The debate surrounding gun control has intensified in the last few months following October's massacre in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, and the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.
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