Cool! That'll DEFINITELY stop gun crime.
By Tim Colwill on December 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm
Senator Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia has proposed a bill to US Congress that would ask the National Academy of Sciences to examine the impact of violent games on children, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on December 14 that left 20 children and six adults dead.
“This week, we are all focused on protecting our children. At times like this, we need to take a comprehensive look at all the ways we can keep our kids safe,” claims the Senator on his site. “I have long expressed concern about the impact of the violent content our kids see and interact with every day.”
“Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it. They believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons,” he added. “Parents, pediatricians, and psychologists know better. These court decisions show we need to do more and explore ways Congress can lay additional groundwork on this issue. This report will be a critical resource in this process. I call on my colleagues to join to me in passing this important legislation quickly.”
“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.”
Asking a national science body to review the findings probably won’t get the answer that the Senator is looking for, but we won’t know for a while — even presuming this bill passes. It’s disheartening to see the elder generation continue to look for scapegoats when there are so many other factors that more substantially contribute to the rates of violent crimes — like, for example, the fact that anybody can buy, own and carry automatic weapons.