While meeting at the White House with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other law enforcement officials, President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that the country should engage in dialogue about children who watch violent movies and video games. “[A] lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds, and their minds are being fooled,” Trump said, citing “violence” in video games that were “shaping young people’s thoughts.”

At the White House, Trump reached out to Sessions and the law enforcement community to discuss a response to school shootings. He suggested that a special rating system could be instituted to notify parents of the level of violence in movies. “The fact is that you are having movies come out that are so violent, with the killing and everything else, that maybe that is another thing that we are going to have to discuss,” he said, pointing out that “a lot of people” were concerned about the level of violence in movies.

Trump said that Americans should “take a look at” the violent content children are viewing and then “talk about it.” However, he did not share any specific legislative proposals. 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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