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Pres Trump to hold talks with games industry people about gun violence this week

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On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that President Donald Trump would hold meetings with "people from the video games industry to see what they could do on that front as well." The topic under discussion is America's gun violence debacle, and the announcement followed a talk Trump had the day before with gun experts and congresspeople where he stated that:

“The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent. It’s so incredible. I see it. I get to see things that you would be — you’d be amazed at. I have a young — very young son who — I look at some of the things he’s watching, and I say, “How is that possible?” And this is what kids are watching.”

Well, sir, it's possible because you as the parent allow it. Video games once again came under the spotlight with the recent school shooting in Florida where 17 people were killed and 14 injured. Gaming is the easiest scapegoat, so here we are yet again. The person responsible for the shooting, Nikolas Cruz, has a history pointing towards the possibility of extreme violent behavior. Video games haven't so far surfaced in any reports, but rather things like the death of both his parents, a tendency towards violence, and other emotional problems.

Of course, America's open gun laws can't be to blame; it has to be something like movies or gaming. And according to President Trump, teachers should rather be armed than implementing stricter gun laws. Be that as it may, Trump announced that this coming week he would talk things through with games industry people to see how they can help the issue of America's gun violence.

The only problem is that it seems leading games industry organizations don't know about the talks, and they haven't been invited. The most important gaming watchdog in America; The Entertainment Software Association, retweeted the following from their official Twitter account.

"NEW: The WH announced Trump will meet w video game industry execs next week. But, tonight, the Entertainment Software Assn says neither ESA, nor any of its members — the biggest names in video games (Nintendo, Microsoft, PlayStation, EA) — has received any such invitation." Peter Alexander NBC News.

According to a post on The Verge, the ESA released the following statement:

“ESA and our member companies have not received an invitation to meet with President Trump. The same video games played in the US 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.”

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