Donald Trump, The President of the United States, The Commander in Chief, is set to meet with video game executives about…school violence. I’m not kidding.
The planned meeting – expected to happen sometime next week – was announced by Trump’s press secretary Thursday. Just like his “skip due process and just take the guns,” this meeting with video game execs seems to be another ridiculous, misguided attempt to lessen violence in schools.
Listen, children being brutally murdered in the classroom is an extremely serious issue. No children should ever go to school fearing for their life. But are we sure consulting the makers of Call of Duty is the right way to go about it?
Yes, video games are a billion-dollar industry, and those games often depict violence, at times graphically. But anyone who would feel compelled to commit horrific acts of violence after seeing Agent 47 gun down someone likely has bigger, probably mental health issues. That person is likely to exhibit warning signs, in which, if action is taken by the proper authorities, something could be done.
For instance, look at the institutional failure on essentially every level in the Florida shooting. The FBI knew about Nikolas Cruz, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department received call after call, – even from the shooter himself – about Cruz’s potential for violence. The school also knew about Cruz, but yet no one did anything….nothing.
One has to wonder why Trump hasn’t said a word about any of this? Yet, he goes after guns, the NRA, and now, apparently the entertainment industry.
Apparently, in a meeting last week with lawmakers, the President suggested a rating system for films and video, reportedly saying:
“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And you go one further step and that’s the movies. … Maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”
Maybe he’s just not aware, but last time I checked, there was already a rating system in place for both movies and video games. Heck, television programs have had a rating system for something like the last 10-15 years.
Maybe, I’m wrong. Maybe going after video games and movies, legislating the content in our entertainment is the way to go. Maybe that’s the answer. Somehow though, I don’t think altering Pac-Man, Mario or Lara Croft will do much.