American president Donald Trump thinks video games contribute to the act of mass shootings.
On Monday, Trump delivered a speech from the White House in the wake of 2 mass shootings over the weekend in Ohio and Texas where 29 people were killed by domestic terrorists. During his speech, Trump noted 3 things the government can do to address the threat. One of which is doing a better job of regulating video game violence.
“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society — this includes the gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.”
Do you think Trump is referring to ultra-popular games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto, where taking people’s lives is the point?
The problem is, America isn’t the only country that has people playing video games. So why aren’t there as much or at all any mass shootings in other countries?
According to CNN, a comparison was done with G7 countries. These are countries with the largest advanced economies in the world. The countries are Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, the United Kingdom. The comparison ranges in the time period from January 1, 2009, to May 21, 2018. During that time period, there have been 0 school shootings in Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom. 1 in Germany, 2 in France and Canada. However, the United States has had over 288 school shootings.
So far, no game developer has issued a statement in response to Trump.
Ziptocrats, do you think Video Games has any contribution to America’s mass shootings?