By Nick Baum
President Donald Trump will be meeting with representatives of the video game industry in a conference, Thursday, according to the White House. He is doing this in his push to further update and confirm that video games are responsible for mass shootings, and be could be responsible for the shooting two weeks ago at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The meeting will also include key politicians that are against the video game industry and its negative effects. Some members of this side including Missouri Congressional Republican Vicky Hartzler, whom complained that video game violence needs to be addressed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting of 2012. The meeting also includes head of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell, who complains about the media influencing shooters, including the Sandy Hook shooting.
Some representatives of the video game industry, however, include Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Rockstar Games who is the company that made the controversial Grand Theft Auto. The game itself has been in many controversies including the straight forward shooting and killing, nudity, and an apparent sexual mini game in an earlier release. Other representatives include Robert Altman, CEO of ZeniMax Media whom owns Bethesda Studios, creators of the Portal, Half-Life, and Fallout series. More smaller roles will also join the meeting, according to the White House, but many of the representatives will represent companies that mainly produce video games that are rated “M” for mature.
Sources- Associated Press, CNN, The White House