Donald Trump blames video games for violence, Trevor Noah responds

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Donald Trump seems to be using violent video games as a scapegoat for violence in the United States, but Trevor Noah has something to say about that.

Last night on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the subject of violence in video games was brought up. Recently, Donald Trump held a meeting behind closed doors to discuss the issue. The idea is that, at least in part, Trump is blaming violence in video games for the recent school shootings and other violent crimes in America.

As Noah explains on the show, this is far from the first time politicians tried to take on the video game industry. Dating as far back as the early 90s, politicians from both major parties have been decrying violent video games. At the time, the graphics from the games looked like total cartoons, yet they were still lambasted for their “hyper-realistic violence.”

Noah doesn’t buy into the argument, however. As far as he can tell, if video games were as influential as politicians say, why is it just with guns? “Like, as kids, we spent every day playing Paperboy,” Noah explains. “But that never inspired anyone to go out and commit mass paper deliveries!”

The Daily Show host then brings up the hundreds of studies already done on the subject, which fail to prove a link between video game violence and real-life crimes. He argues that violence is in all media, even the Bible, and there’s just no way to take violence out of the world. What we can do, however, is limit access to the tools people use to carry out horrifically violent acts. The NRA may not be happy with Noah’s counter-argument, but he raises a lot of excellent points!

You can watch Noah say it best in the YouTube video below.

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