A video game industry group is insisting its products are not the issue when it comes to America’s gun violence problem.
Entertainment Software Association (ESA) spokesman Dan Hewitt told Axios there is no connection between violent video games and mass shootings.
“Video games are enjoyed around the world and numerous authorities and reputable scientific studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence,” Hewitt said. “Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States. Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the U.S. has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation.”
The ESA will attend a White House meeting Thursday that will continue the conversation about how to prevent mass shootings from happening. Nearly three weeks ago, a gunman walked into a Florida high school and killed 14 children and three adults.
President Donald Trump has met with many of the stakeholders in the debate surrounding gun violence and gun control.
“The upcoming meeting at the White House, which ESA will attend, will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry’s commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices,” Hewitt said.