Senator Wants Violent Game Study In Wake Of Newtown Tragedy
You didn't actually expect video games would come through this one unfazed and free of suspicion, did you?
After the terrible shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT that left 26 people dead (20 of which were children), West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller (D) has introduced a bill to congress that would ask the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study the effects violent video games can have on kids.
Rockefeller singled out the gaming industry in an official statement on his website:
"Major corporations, including the video game industry, make billions on marketing and selling violent content to children. They have a responsibility to protect our children. If they do not, you can count on the Congress to take a more aggressive role."
If passed, NAS would conduct a "comprehensive study and investigation" of the possible links between violent video games and violent behavior in children. It would try to determine if such media causes kids to act more aggressively or negatively affect their general well-being. That's not a bad idea from a scientific standpoint, although they've done this countless times before, and there have been interesting results.
It's the above statement that makes my teeth grind. More in a minute...
12/20/2012 11:17:55 AM Ben Dutka