Sen. Lamar Alexander: Guns Aren't The Problem, Video Games Are
We may as well just go right around the country and let every politician sound off on violent video games.
The latest to make a claim without any evidence to support that claim (big surprise from a politician, isn't it?) is senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who says that video games are actually a bigger problem than guns because games "affect people." ...well, thank goodness he isn't vague.
Speaking during MSNBC's The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd (and as summarized at GameSpot), Alexander apparently missed the part where guns "affect" people by, you know, killing them, but whatever. His direct quote is as follows:
"I think video games is a bigger problem than guns. Because video games affect people. But the First Amendment limits what we can do about video games and the Second Amendment to the constitution limits what we can do about guns."
Have there been studies conducted that I'm not familiar with? Have researchers suddenly proven in the last month or so that video games "affect" people? I've no doubt that violent media of all kinds, including violent games, can have a long-term negative effect on children, which is why I'm a proponent of the ESRB. But to make the outlandish generalized claim that all games just "affect" all people? I'd be embarrassed to say something that ignorant. I really would.
1/30/2013 8:25:09 PM Ben Dutka