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Trump Wants to Sit Down with Video Game Industry

I have to admit when I first heard that he was going to reach out to the video game industry I was scared, skeptical, and fearful of what he might say. The interesting thing is that after making that announcement members of the video game industry were asked about their reaction and plan for this sit down, it was revealed that they had no knowledge of this sit down. 

As many of you know Trump has put partial blame on the increase in violent activities, especially in schools, on violence in video games as well as movies. If you have followed Altered Confusion for some time you know what our stance is, but just in case you might not have heard...

There is a difference between seeing something violent in a fictional setting and acting upon it in reality. Do we believe that video game violence, or violence in movies drive people to kill, no. That's not to say that there might not be those out there that might get ideas from video games and movies when planning for a violent event. The fact of the matter is that there are so many more components to consider when trying to find that one solution as to why violence occurs. 

It is my opinion that there will never be that one solution, people have different motives as well as mind sets. I could say that the easy access to guns is the true problem, that's also an easy scapegoat, but the truth of the matter is that once again there's so much more to each incident. I hate to go with the unique snowflake reference (especially as it has been disproven that all snowflakes are unique), but once again there's no easy answer. Do I think that the amount of damage/deaths might decrease if we took the ability to take automatic weapons off the shelves, I'm not really sure, it wouldn't hurt, but that's probably not going to solve every single problem.

So lets get back to Trump meeting with the video game industry... This is going to be interesting, I am interested to see if Trump will actually listen with an open mind, and try to see this issue from multiple sides. I know the industry is going to try to get their best to step in, and I just hope they have enough to help cut through all the BS.

At the end of the day, personally, I think that there should be more steps in order to obtain a gun, I think that we really need to start taking people seriously when they start voicing their desire to do violence. I know it is a pain in the ass to take everything seriously, but that's what the police/FBI should be doing so that they can protect their citizens as best as possible. I'm also a HUGE supporter of putting more attention and more helpful resources when it comes to mental illness. Not everyone who has a mental illness is going to go on a shooting rampage, but there are those who, if they get help, might be able to live the life they want to live, and hell it might save a life or two.

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