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Video Game Org. Hits Back at Trump's Claim Video Games Cause Mass Shootings: There's 'No Causal Connection'

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By Daniel Goldblatt

The video game organization behind E3, the marquee event in the industry, is pushing back against Donald Trump's claim that violent video games contribute to mass shootings.

On Monday morning, in response to two mass shootings over the weekend, Trump placed part of the blame on "gruesome and grisly video games."

A rep for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA )tells The Blast, "As we shared at the White House video game meeting in March 2018, numerous scientific studies have established that there is no causal connection between video games and violence. More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games, and billions of people play video games worldwide. Yet other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the tragic levels of violence that occur in the U.S."

They continued, "Video games contribute to society, from new medical therapies and advancements, educational tools, business innovation, and more. Video games help players connect with family and friends, relieve stress, and have fun. We encourage parents who have concerns about age-appropriate video game content to visit ParentalTools.org to learn more how to control what games are played in their homes."

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On their website, the ESA has a section devoted to Essential Facts About Games in Violence. It reads at one point, "Video games, including those with violent content, are popular in many countries with much lower violent crime rates than the US, suggesting that influences such as the background of the individual, the availability of guns, and other factors are more relevant to understanding the cause of any particular crime."

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Over the years, there have been many studies done on the correlation between video game violence and aggression, but the data has been mixed.

Still, many politicians lean on violent video games for a platform against violence ... which many think is an easy way of not having to square off with NRA lobbyists or address issues with gun control.

What is usually overlooked, is that many other countries in the world have a bigger video game culture than the United States; including Japan, South Korea and the UK, with much smaller occurrences of deadly mass shootings.

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