Donald Trump Accuses Video Games Of Mass Shootings

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has accused video games of contributing to the "glorification of violence" and of being, in part, the cause of the mass shootings

that happened last weekend in Texas and Ohio, in which 29 people died. Trump has said that "we must stop the glorification of violence in our society, this includes the horrifying and frightening video games that are so popular."

Before the statements of Donald Trump, Republicans Kevin McCarthy and Dan Patrick had already criticized video games over the weekend and held them responsible for the shootings. Patrick said “We have always had weapons. Evil has always existed. But what has changed where we see this eruption of shootings? I see a video game industry that teaches young people to kill. ”

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Given these statements by prominent members of the Republican Party, the International Association of Video Game Developers (IGDA) has published a statement in which it gives condolences to the victims of the attacks and responds to the accusations against video games: “Society has suffered too many acts of meaningless violence and terrifying mass shootings. Blaming videogames draws attention away from the main problems we have at hand. ” IGDA has also emphasized the "impressive number of studies that show that there is no evidence that links video games to violence."

Journalist Paul Tassi points out in Forbes that one of the main causes of mass shootings in the United States could be the easy access to weapons and the radicalization of young white supremacists. The New York Times has published an article that reflects the reality of weapons in the United States.

According to this newspaper, the United States is the country with the most weapons for every citizen. Americans represent 4.4% of the world's population and own 42% of the world's weapons. The only country with more than 10 million inhabitants with more mass shootings than the United States is Yemen, the second country with more weapons for each citizen. The New York Times data argue that 31% of the shooters in this type of attack, between 1966 and 2012, were Americans.

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