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Though Trump highlighted the opposite conclusion in the White House statement following the meeting, the ESA said it "appreciate [s] the president's receptive and comprehensive approach to this discussion".

Also scheduled are Melissa Henson, program director of the Parents Television Council, and Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group.

Trump made it quite clear where his train of thought was when he said " I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts", following the tragic event.

As a result of similar findings, the American Psychological Association called on video game makers to design games that have an increased amount parental controls that limit the amount of violent content.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly referenced the violence in movies and video games during his public comments about guns and school safety since last month's Florida shooting. Representing Congress are Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Martha Roby.

On Thursday President Donald Trump met with video game industry executives to discuss the link between the games and violence acts.

The White House released a statement Thursday saying that the meeting would address "violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children".

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"Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the United States has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation", it said ahead of the Washington talks, which the White House said also involved experts on violence.

"Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the USA has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation", said Dan Hewitt, a spokesman for lobby group the Entertainment Software Association, earlier.

In 2011 the Supreme Court turned over a California law that banned the sale of violent video games to children.

The Entertainment Software Association, which includes Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Nintendo, and Sony was part of the White House meeting.

"I compliment the president for looking at the cultural aspects of this, but the First Amendment exists", Graham said. "I look at some of the things he's watching, and I say, 'How is that possible?'" he said. "It's a diversion", Sen. "It's so you don't have to talk about the obvious: what to do with these semi-automatic weapons, with bump-stocks, and high-capacity magazines, and the sale of AR-15s to kids, background checks-the obvious things that would make a profound difference". Rich Blumenthal (D-Conn.) rounded out the chorus of skeptical senators, telling the Post that "focusing entirely on video games distracts from the substantive debate we should be having about how to take guns out of the hands of risky people".

After the meeting, the president seemed to hold the same mindset, despite contrary evidence.

Trump has linked video games and violence in society for years.

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