Appearing at a listening session to address concerns from survivors of the Parkland school shooting, U.S. President Donald Trump has pointed the finger at violent video games and movies as possible causes of violence.
Metro reports that Trump, speaking at a meeting with state lawmakers Thursday, said that youngsters were able to access both too easily while their minds were still forming. He reportedly told Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi:
“I’m hearing more and more people seeing the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And then you go the further step, and that’s the movies. You see these movies, and they’re so violent a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved, and maybe we need to put a rating system for that. The fact is that you are having movies come out, that are so violent, the killing and everything else, and we may have to think about that.”
The comments follow Trump praising the NRA as ‘great people’ hours earlier on Twitter and suggested arming teachers yesterday along with strongly pushing for comprehensive background checks with an emphasis on mental health.
Survivors attending these meetings this week raised obvious questions about the accessibility of guns in the United States, especially assault rifles like the AR-15 which ended up in the hands of the teen perpetrator behind last week’s mass shooting in Florida.