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Trump raises concerns about impact of violent movies (tr)
The Hill ^ | February 22, 2018 | John Bowden

Posted on 02/22/2018 3:47:08 PM PST by EdnaMode

President Trump on Thursday warned about the influence of violence in movies while discussing school safety and mass shootings, suggesting it could be a contributing factor to recent mass shootings.

Trump made the comments during a meeting at the White House on school safety attended by lawmakers and top administration officials, where the president addressed a number of issues in addition to gun violence.

"We have to look at the internet, because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds, and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what they're seeing and how they're seeing it. And also video games," Trump said, according to pool reports.

I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts. And you go one further step and that's the movies. ... maybe they have to put a rating system for that," he added.

However, ratings systems already exist for both video games and films in the United States. The Motion Picture Association of America and Entertainment Software Rating Board both rate and classify content based on its suitability for specific audiences.

The president's remarks come a week after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The alleged gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and reportedly used an AR-15 rifle he legally purchased.

Trump held a "listening session" on Wednesday with parents of victims as well as survivors of last week's shooting, where the president stressed that his administration would take action to strengthen background checks for gun purchases.

"We're going to be very strong on background checks," the president said. "It’s not going to be talk like it has been in the past. It’s been going on too long. Too many instances, and were going to get it done."

Trump also tweeted earlier Thursday in support of raising the age required to purchase a rifle like the one used in the Parkland attack to 21, as well as banning the sale of bump stocks, which let semi-automatic rifles fire more rapidly.

“I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue — I hope!”

TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; guncontrol; hollywood; movieviolence; nra; secondamendment; trump; videogames; videogameviolence
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To: EdnaMode

Hollywood routinely covers itself in fake blood and fake gunfire, just as it covers itself with sex and perversion, all that has a detrimental effect on the culture of the country. Add to that a drug industry, and its pushers with diplomas hanging on the wall, it’s a recipe for disaster.

You won’t find any politicians willing to take on Hollywood, the medical profession and big pharma, because they all pump millions into both parties.

21 posted on 02/22/2018 6:41:57 PM PST by euram
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To: EdnaMode
A movie critic (was it Michael Medved?) once described debating movie violence with the director of the Naked Gun movies. The director hotly denied that movie violence could possibly increase violent behavior in watchers.

But at another point in the debate, he bragged about a scene where the good guys jump in a car in hot pursuit of some bad guys, but before they drive off, they pause long enough to fasten their seatbelts. He claimed that this scene certainly saved some number of lives among moviegoers who saw it and were influenced to buckle up.

The irony and hypocrisy of what he said was totally lost on him. On the one hand, he took credit for saving lives by depicting some good behavior, but on the other hand he categorically rejected that any bad behavior in his movies might ever affect people negatively. Unreal!

22 posted on 02/22/2018 7:00:42 PM PST by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC ("Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt" - Pr. Herbert Hoover)
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Go after these Hollywood/Leftist hypocrites, sir!

23 posted on 02/23/2018 4:15:09 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: ClearCase_guy

Whats wrong with showing guns in movies

24 posted on 02/23/2018 4:31:17 AM PST by The Right wing Infidel
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To: The Right wing Infidel

Hypocrites on both sides, fools who are against showing guns on the right and liberals who do show guns and are for gun control.

How can you be pro gun if you are against them being used in video games

25 posted on 02/23/2018 4:32:31 AM PST by The Right wing Infidel
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To: polymuser

And whats wrong with this? What in earth is wrong with showing and using guns in games

26 posted on 02/23/2018 4:35:06 AM PST by The Right wing Infidel
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To: The Right wing Infidel

I think you may be missing my/our point. Everyone’s looking for causes of the terrible effect. Many point to only the inert gun.

I think we need to consider all influences, including parenting, bullying, mental health, drugs and repetitive witnessing of violence (actual, media, gaming; I’m pretty certain that studies have shown that such gaming affects brain function, hormonal activity).

I didn’t say the violent games are wrong, just noted their possible influence. I will say that parentally unregulated frequent violent gaming by under 18 years olds is, to me, less than healthy or wise.

27 posted on 02/23/2018 6:45:53 AM PST by polymuser (Its terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged today. - Chesterton)
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To: polymuser

#15 I could not get past the first half hour of Kingsman as it was way to violent just to be violent. I told a co-worker of this and he thought it was not that violent. He reads Stephen King novels.
Gotta keep both eyes on him!

28 posted on 02/23/2018 9:58:50 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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“What fills the eye fills the heart.”
-Patti Callahan Henry
29 posted on 02/23/2018 12:12:23 PM PST by polymuser (Its terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged today. - Chesterton)
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