Donald Trump brought his youngest son into the school shooting dispute on Wednesday, when a Republican lawmaker implied violent entertainment is part of the problem.
“The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent, it’s so incredible. I see it. I get to see things that you’d be amazed at,” Trump told a bipartisan group from Congress at the White House Wednesday. “I have a young, very young son, and I look at some of the things he’s watching and I say, “how is that possible?” And this is what kids are watching.”
Trump, who considered a great diversity of suggestions on how to stop mass school shootings in the United States, said that violent content was “maybe” something that should be looked at.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate, brought up the idea, vying for retiring Sen. Bob Corker’s seat.
Blackburn suggested that violent visually descriptive language could be particularly harmful to children with mental health issues.
“I think that’s a really important point,” Trump answered.
“You rate movies for different things, maybe you have to also rate them for terror, for what they’re doing, for what they’re all about,” the Trump continued.
“It’s hard to believe that, at least for a percentage of children, maybe it’s a small percentage, that this doesn’t have a negative impact on their thought process,” Trump added. “These things are really violent.”