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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."

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.

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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