Following the recent school shooting which tore up the town of Parkland, Florida, the US has been in uproar on both sides of the gun control debate. Dirty Uncle Donald, POTUS 45, the Cheetos-faced knob, took the opportunity to bring up the violence seen in movies, online, and in video games and the role that these things play in shaping young people’s minds, suggesting some kind of ratings system. Which already exists.
“We have to do something about maybe what they’re seeing and how they’re seeing it,” said Trump during a meeting at the White House. “And also video games–I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.”
The film industry got an even more damning tongue lashing. “You see these movies, they’re so violent, and yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved. But killing is involved and maybe they have to put a ratings system for that,” he suggested. “You get into a whole very complicated, very big deal, but the fact is that you are having movies come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else that maybe that’s another thing we’re gonna have to discuss. And a lot of people are saying you have these movies today where you can go and have a child see a movie and yet it’s so violent and so disgusting, so we may have to talk.”
This is coming from a man who reportedly lists Bloodsport as one of his favourite movies, but likes to fast-forward through the story aspects to get to the bits where people are being beaten half to death. Also, a man who, to prevent school shootings wants to give teachers guns.
Trump’s idea that they talk about a ratings system is just another example of him talking for the sake of talking – both the ESRB and MPAA already exist to fulfill that role. Although, to be fair, there’s the possibility that Trump was referring to a new, more stringently enforced system.
In my opinion, there is no ratings agency or censorship system which could do as much to stem the tide of gun violence as successfully as an overhauled gun control policy – one which includes full background checks, mandatory waiting periods, and no tools of death for people under 21 – could ever do. But that’s just my opinion.