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Video game group ahead of Trump meeting: "Video games are plainly not the issue"

President Donald Trump delivering a statement on the mass shooting at a South Florida High School from the the White House. Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump and the video game industry's trade group, the Entertainment Software Association, will be meeting on Thursday to discuss gun safety in the wake of the Florida school shooting where 17 people were killed.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had first announced the meeting last week, which the industry group confirmed separately to Axios today.

“Video games are enjoyed around the world and numerous authorities and reputable scientific studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence. 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 US has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation. 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.”
— Statement from Dan Hewitt, spokesperson of the Entertainment Software Association.

The backdrop: The President has been considering various school safety solutions, including ways to address the impact video games and movies with violent content have on students. However, the ESA points to research and a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found no correlation between the two.