The school shooting in Florida recently has reignited the debate over gun ownership over in the USA. One side of the political spectrum says gun ownership should be restricted heavily like in lots of other countries. However, US President Donald Trump disagrees and wants to fully blame violent video games as the main cause for the rise of school shootings.
NBC News’ Peter Alexander tweeted out the following message about Donald Trump and his war against violent video games. He said: “NEW: President Trump to meet with video game industry executives next week as part of ongoing debate over school safety.”
Violence in video games and its effect on children has been a strong debate for many years. The debate first started thanks to the gore that was featured in Mortal Kombat. The debate then intensified when Rockstar released its popular Grand Theft Auto franchise.
Talks about preventing/restricting the sale of violent video games kind of died down recently thanks to the industry becoming more mainstream. However, the debate rose again thanks to Trump’s comments about the video game industry blaming it as a cause for Florida’s recent school shooting.
It will be interesting to see if Trump and the video game executives can come to some sort of agreement. FPS games are sure to stay since it’s one of the most popular genres. Gamers are actually more concerned about gambling and loot boxes than violence in video games, but it’s likely the debate will continue and no resolution will be solved. As for gun ownership in USA, hopefully something changes but Trump seems to want to keep the rules as they are.