Will the Gun Debate Mean Regulation on Video Games?

March 5, 2018
Updated 1mo ago

With a major question mark still hanging over the possibility of meaningful gun reform, President Donald Trump may be turning his attention to regulating video game makers instead.

The commander-in-chief will reportedly meet with industry executives on Thursday to discuss their role in preventing violent behavior.

But New York Magazine Select All Associate Editor Madison Malone Kircher says game makers are not the problem.

“Studies have shown there really is no connection between violent video games and violent actions,” she told Cheddar Monday. “The American Psychological Association came out a year ago and said to politicians and to the media to stop equating the two. There’s a link to a rise in slight aggression, but there’s insufficient evidence to say that these games lead to violent gun deaths.”

In a meeting with survivors of last month’s Parkland, Fla., shooting and other attacks, Trump suggested first-person shooter games and other seemingly violent content should be subject to a ratings system. One does already exist.

And Malone Kircher says Thursday’s confab is unlikely to result in more constraints on a system that’s already so highly regulated.

“It’s a pretty stringent system as it is now,” she said. “This has been through the Supreme Court. California in 2011 ruled that you can continue to sell these games to kids, and that was fine.”

For the full interview, click here.