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Donald Trump Joins Other Lawmakers Blaming Video Games For Mass Shootings

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By Emily Reily

Donald Trump is voicing what some lawmakers are saying about the recent mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso: that video games are at least partially to blame.

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President: 'Gruesome, Grisly' Video Games Are Aiding Violence

In a address from the White House today, Trump said violence like mass shootings is being perpetuated by "the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace."

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Studies Say There Is No Link

Trump is tying video game culture with the gun violence that continues nearly daily:

"It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence."

In fact, there has been no link between actual violence and video games - there have even been decades of study centered on the perceived phenomenon.

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Referenced What His Son Watches

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After the Parkland shooting last year, Trump met with video-game industry officials, and says his young son sees these things too.

“The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent. It’s so incredible."

“I see it. I get to see things that you would be — you’d be amazed at. I have a young — very young son who — I look at some of the things he’s watching, and I say, ‘How is that possible?’ ”

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