Pelosi On Gun Violence Debate: It's Not Right To Focus On Games
I hope she likes cookies because PSXE wants to give her one. Chocolate chip okay?
After a barrage of politicians attacking violent video games for being catalysts for real-world violence in the wake of the Newtown shooting tragedy, a voice of reason has arrived.
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says those who single out violent games in this debate are being unfair. In speaking to Fox News Sunday, Pelosi said a "comprehensive effort" is required to reduce gun violence in the country. She was asked- "You have a lot of friends in Hollywood. Why don't you go to them and publicly say, 'I challenge you to stop the video games?'" And she replied:
"I understand what you're saying. I'm a mother, I'm a grandmother. The evidence says, in Japan for example, they have the most violent games and the lowest mortality from guns. I don't know what the explanation is for that, except that they might have good gun laws."
She further criticized the interviewer (Chris Wallace) for focusing on only "one piece" of a bigger issue, and she wishes to see a ban on sales of assault weapons and increased capacity magazines. She also remains an advocate for background checks, while agreeing with the stance that a citizen has a right to own a weapon. Pelosi added:
"I don't think we should do anything anecdotally. We have a saying here: the plural of anecdote is not data. And so we want to know: what is the evidence? What will really make a difference here? And I think it has to be comprehensive."
That just sounds way to practical and logical to come from a politician. Then again, the way the questions were posed in that interview makes it clear that mainstream media as a whole wishes to continue to attack video games. That's more than a little frustrating in and of itself.
2/11/2013 11:16:31 AM Ben Dutka