Donald Trump has suggested films should be given a “terror” rating to help stop school shootings as he expressed shock at the “really violent” entertainment children are watching.
Mr Trump revealed he had been taken aback by what his 11-year-old son Barron watches and raised fears about the computer games that are being played.
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During a gun policy meeting in the White House, Mr Trump reprimanded senators, including those of his own party, for being “afraid of the NRA”, the National Rifle Association.
And he doubled down on proposals to raise the age for buying an semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, insisting he was interested in the move even though the NRA opposed it.
Speaking in front of cameras in the White House, Mr Trump suggested that the violent films and computer games used by children could be 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 would be amazed at,” Mr Trump said.
“You know you rate movies for different things, maybe you also have to rate them for terror? For what they’re doing, for what they’re all about.”
Mr Trump added that it was hard to believe the violent films and computer games did not “have a negative impact” on some children’s “thought process”.
Later reacting to a congressman’s comment about Holywood films where people are “blown up”, Mr Trump said: “The movies are violent, the videos are violent beyond what anyone’s ever seen.
“Mr Trump also reprimanded senators for failing to include provisions in their draft legislation that would see the age limit for semi-automatic rifles rise from 18 to 21.
“Because you’re afraid of the NRA, right?” the president asked those senators after saying he was interested in the move despite the gun lobby’s opposition.
Mr Trump ended the meeting by calling on the senators to work together on a single piece of gun control legislation that could get enough votes to pass.