Our president seems to believe that so-called violent video games cause young males to become homicidal maniacs. Back in 2012, in wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Trump tweeted:
Video game violence & glorification must be stopped—it is creating monsters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2012
He’s made similarly misinformed comments since the Parkland massacre.
It’s with these thoughts in mind that he held a fact-finding meeting at the White House.
In attendance to rep the video game industry were the head of the ESA, publishers’ D.C.-based lobbying group, the head of the ESRB ratings board, and the chief executives of Bethesda and Take Two. Repping the anti-gaming side were an author of books that claim violent video games train killers and a member of the Parents Television Council, which supported the California law to criminalize the sale of violent video games to children that was ruled unconstitutional in 2011.
I think Trump would find it convenient to blame the video game industry on real-world violence. Anything instead of the proliferation and the ease of access of firearms in this country.
Then again, it’s much more ironclad that the First Amendment protects video games than the Second Amendment protects the private ownership of military grade, mass killing machines.
I think it’s safe to say that NRA would be much happier if video games could be blamed from things like Sandy Hook and Parkland then our current gun laws.
At this point, I don’t think it really matters what our current gun laws do or don’t do. The real problem has been long in the making. We have too many guns in this country. The number is so large, we don’t even know how high it is. The Washington Post estimates there are 357 million firearms in this country. That’s more guns than people.
At this point, it would be far more productive to ban ammunition and gunpowder than it would to even try to ban guns. That’s where our efforts should be focused. Allow people to own as many firearms as they wish, just deny them access to the bullets those weapons need to make them lethal.