In the wake of shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL last month, there have been several potential solutions because discussed on how to limit school violence. From the option to raise the minimum age of potential gun-buyers to President Trump’s controversial suggestion of arming school teachers, there is actually one familiar blame that’s in the mind of the president, as well.
In a White House press briefing today, press secretary Sarah Saunders said that Trump will soon meet with “members of the video game industry” to see what can be done in “protect[ing] schools around the country.”
NEW: President Trump to meet with video game industry executives next week as part of ongoing debate over school safety.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) March 1, 2018
The theory here is that violent video games leads to real-life violence. It’s come up time and time again, but there haven’t been any conclusive studies showing that this is the case. For example, last month, the University of York published a study finding that there’s “no evidence” to support a link between violent video games and violent behavior. Another example is from 2015 where the American Psychological found a link between violent video games and increase in aggression, but had failed to find sufficient evidence to link criminal violence and violent games.
At this time, it’s not exactly clear who Trump will meet with or what the extent of talks will be between both parties. Saunders’ comments from the press briefing didn’t give us much insight beyond the fact that the plans are set to meet next week.