In the wake of the tragic Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Trump administration has held several meetings about gun control and school safety. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that President Trump will be meeting with executives from the video games industry next week to discuss school safety to "see what they can do on that front".
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump will be meeting with the video game industry after talks about school safety and gun control pic.twitter.com/VzQeiygvk0— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 1, 2018
We are back to the same old garbage argument that have been repeatedly brought up against violent video games. Art imitates life. An 18-year-old can buy an automatic weapon with a bump stock in the real world. Schools are poorly secured and these shootings simply keep on happening. Trump's meeting with video game executives next week is not about gun control or school safety. It is a dog and pony show to feign an appearance of caring and it conveniently shifts the blame from his NRA boosters towards an industry that has been blamed for school shootings since the tragedy of Columbine on April 20, 1999.
This President stated during his campaign that he could stand in the middle of Fifth avenue and shoot someone and not "lose any voters". It remains to be seen if his persistent shifting of the blame away from access to guns will resonate with an American public that overwhelmingly demands action to keep our schools safe and get AK47s and AR-15s out of the hands of another demented and cowardly murderer.
If you agree that Donald Trump is wrong to blame video games for gun violence in America, stand up and vote for politicians who support common sense gun laws. Countless nations across the world have access to the same violent video games that we do in the U.S. It is time to admit once and for all that this is an American problem that is not directly impacted in any way by video games. To blame art for reality is as absurd as the inaction on the part of the United States goverment to do something about gun control in this country.
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Check out Chris Jarrard's opinion piece on Donald Trump and the Violent Video Games Boogeyman if you need some more motivation to get involved in defense of video games or in favor of gun control in the United States.