Trump’s video game violence claims debunked

President Trump video games violence debunked
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PCMag has hit out at President Trump for linking the mass-shootings that occurred on 3 August in El Paso and Dayton with the popularity of video games in the US.

 

Calling the claims “a decades-old distraction”, senior analyst Will Greenwald highlighted the lack of evidence to support the statement made by Trump in a speech two days after the shootings.

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” said the president in a broadcast from the White House. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.”

“It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.”

Highlighting the fact that though 57.4 percent of the US population play video games – making it the second largest global market after China – the country’s homicide rate far outweighs that of the next top four video game playing nations combined.

“Forget about correlation not equalling causation, there isn’t even any correlation here,” said Greenway. “There is no through line from violent video games to actual violence, based on the data.”


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