During a discussion on gun control between President Donald Trump and members of Congress on Wednesday, some members suggested reforms to the entertainment industry to protect young people from violence in movies and video games, something they say is a factor in making mass shooters.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke about her experience as a mother and advocated that the president pushes for regulations regarding violence in entertainment to be included in a gun control bill.
“I’m talking to a lot of young moms,” Blackburn said. “They have said one of the things we need to do as we review these issues is look at entertainment, and the video games, the rating system, the movies, how things are approved and what children are being exposed to, and especially children that have some of these mental health issues, and they feel that has a role to play.”
The president responded to Blackburn’s point by emphasizing the importance of looking at the prevalence of violence in modern entertainment and speaking of his concern for what his own young son watches.
“You know, you rate movies for different things, maybe you have to also rate them for terror, for what they’re doing and what they’re all about,” Trump said. “It’s hard to believe that — at least for a percentage, and maybe it’s a small percentage of children — this doesn’t have a negative impact on their thought process. But these things are really violent.”
Blackburn elaborated on her claim that children are being “desensitized” by violent entertainment and presented potential programs for schools for Congress to consider as part of the gun control and school safety measures on the table.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) supported Blackburn’s argument and offered his own comments about the “incivility of our society.”
“Every night, you see all these films about everybody being blown up,” Grassley told the president. “Well, just think of the impact that makes on young people. And get them in here and preach to them like you’re preaching to us.”
He added: “The culture of our society has got to change if you’re going to stop this.”
Check out Grassley’s comments below.