Trump's meeting on video game violence could prove contentious

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When he's not writing about the dangers of fictional video games, Grossman is a self-described "Killologist" who teaches military tactics to police officers and was most recently quoted telling officers "It's your job to put a piece of steel in your fist and kill those sons of bitches when they come to kill our kids".

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But the meeting will also include Rep. Vicky Hartzler - a Missouri Republican who said after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that the federal government needed to address violence in video games, not gun violence - and Brent Bozell, the head of the Media Research Center, who argued after Sandy Hook that Democrats deny "our violent media has any influence on these under-21 shooters".

From the games industry, the meeting was attended by Robert Altman, the CEO of ZeniMax (parent company of Bethesda) and Strauss Zelnick, chief executive of Take-Two.

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"Today's meeting with the president and leaders of the video game industry was informative", Rubio said in a statement. Trump then went around the table asking for comments.

During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump congratulated Florida on school safety legislation approved by state lawmakers, saying the state "passed a lot of very good legislation last night". Another interesting note, Henson didn't know not one of the games in the clip.

As noted in the White House briefing, the conservation was themed around whether or not violent video games affect the youth of America and desensitizes the community to violence.

While it remains to be seen how or if this proposed meeting will play out tomorrow, the fact that the White House has invited at least two established advocates of increased scrutiny or control over the content of video games and other cultural mediums suggests that tomorrow's meeting will be less of a conversation and more of a debate. In a conference call, program director for the PTC, Melissa Henson said that, "The tone in the meeting was information-gathering".

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Meanwhile, the Trump administration met with industry leaders this week to discuss the level of violence portrayed in games. You see these movies, they're so violent and yet a kid is able to see a movie if sex isn't involved, but killing is involved. "Or could the industry listen to the better angels of their nature and say, we just don't want to do it, on a voluntary basis?"

The Entertainment Software Association, a trade group representing game publishers, refuted a link being made between video games and real-world violence.

Trump also said the White House is working to ban bump stocks, and said efforts to enhance background checks are "moving along well" in Congress. "We hope that this is just the first step towards meaningful reform, meaningful remedies and solutions to our real life gun violence", he said. Rich Blumenthal (D-Conn.) rounded out the chorus of skeptical senators, telling the Post that "focusing entirely on video games distracts from the substantive debate we should be having about how to take guns out of the hands of risky people".

Neither Markey or Ferguson will be attendance at the meeting, along with a dearth of knowledgeable psychologists, scholars, or researchers that could provide clear evidence about the lack of connection between video games and violent behavior.

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