The White House is already bungling its meeting about video games and violence

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The White House released the list of attendees expected at President Donald Trump’s meeting about the link between video games and violence Thursday and it’s already off to a bad start.

CNN’s Jake Tapper shared the list of people expected to come to the meeting about Trump’s proposed correlation between violent video games and the violent motives of people that commit school shootings. 

The list includes a few members of Congress, a handful of people involved in the video game industry, the president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), and absolutely no scientists or psychologists.

Aside from the glaring omission of any real certified individuals who talk about the link between media and violent tendencies, the White House made a mistake on International Women’s Day by misidentifying the president of the ESRB, Pat Vance, as a man.

The ESRB was quick to correct the White House, noting that Vance’s entry should read “Ms. Pat Vance.”

The meeting is closed off to press so many of the exactitudes of what will be said may stay a mystery, unfortunately. One can hope that there will be enough level-headed individuals at the meeting to come up with a measured reaction to the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 dead.

While victims and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have advocated for stricter gun control laws, some politicians including Trump have suggested alternative ideas such as arming teachers and blaming violent media.

Trump actually suggested that there should be rating systems for movies and video games to stop children from seeing violent media. Luckily, both of those rating systems already exist.

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