- President Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, announced on Thursday that video game executives are coming to the White House to meet with the president next week.
- The announcement was made in response to a question about the president’s ability to get gun control legislation passed.
- The Entertainment Software Association, which represents the video game industry, has yet to issue a statement regarding the meeting.
- At the heart of this news is President Trump’s apparent belief that playing violent video games can lead to violent behavior.
President Trump will meet with video game executives next week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing on Thursday.
The meeting is part of the White House response to the attack on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 students and staff members with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle. In the wake of the shooting, a national debate over gun control has re-emerged.
President Trump met with senators from both parties on Wednesday to discuss legislative measures on gun control. Trump emerged as something of a moderate — he urged raising the legal age of gun purchases from 18 to 21, supported limitations on military-style weapons, and declared intentions to sign an executive order banning “bump stocks.”
But he’s also said that violent video games are “shaping more and more people’s thoughts.” In so many words, Trump seems to believe that playing violent video games is tied to real-life violence.
Sanders offered the news of the upcoming meeting between video game executives and Trump in response to a question regarding the president’s effort to pass gun control legislation. The meeting will be held at the White House.
“This is going to be an ongoing process,” Sanders said, “And something we don’t expect to happen overnight. It’s something that we’re going to continue to be engaged in, and something that we’re going to look into the best ways possible to make sure we’re doing everything we can to protect schools across the country.”
It’s not clear which video game company executives are meeting with Trump, but it’s likely to include representation from major players like Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Activision, EA, and a handful of others.