Study into impact of violent games proposed in US Congress

US Senator Jay Rockefeller

By 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.

Just sayin’.

Source: Gamespot

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oh here we go

looking for blame here again are we?

 

Oh look, it’s this again. Haven’t they done heaps of studies on this already? While we’re at it ban violent TV shows, movies, music etc. Maybe put chips in our heads to stop us having violent thoughts?

 

so, all the actual real guns around the place are fine, and little mental health help is available for those who need it. BUT IT’S THE GAMES! YES THE GAMES ARE AT FAULT!

 

Sigh here we go, Just watch Total Biscuit’s recent rant on this – sums it all up pretty nicely.

 

Well the senator seems to be pro gun control as per his past stances, however I believe that going after video games is a way of copping out of taking on the big ‘pro-gun’ groups while appearing like he’s doing something about the massacres…

 

Maybe if they waste enough money to hear the same thing again, they’ll get the point.

 
kittycatArcane

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

This says what I was going to, but much more eloquently. :P Sad that even here in the States, these misconceptions persist.

 

stoibs:
Sigh here we go, Just watch Total Biscuit’s recent rant on this – sums it all up pretty nicely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uwAo8lcAC4

Watched it the other day myself. Provides some good ammunition for arguments with people who believe everything the media tells them.

 

just putting it out there,

playing need for speed does make me want to drive like a hoon

but I dont, because I havent unlocked nos yet

 

Deja vu..

 

lol oh dear…here we go

 

It’s a Rockerfeller, ignore everything he says as it’s just tainted and full of shit.

 

“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.”

Err…. Aren’t gunmakers and the Defence industry marketing like hell …. ?

Just Sayin ‘ …..

 

tacitus42,

Yes, eventually.

Then they will move on to spending lots of money studying the next supposed cause of violence.

 

“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.”

Beg the question more, imo…

 

damage control for the gun dependant fucktards that run America

 

Watching America act like a fascist state for the last twenty years,its foreign policy driven by corporate interests at the expense of human rights
or morals ,its history distorted to represent itself as “the good guys”,even though American history is full of examples of blatant land grabs ,broken treaties and back room deals?… What makes a nation supposedly founded on the principles of freedom and democracy to sell out?.

 

ban the guns, dont ban gaming

 

Hate to be the Devil’s Advocate, but here’s the thing; video games have only been with us for what? 30-40 odd years maybe? True personal computing and consoles have only been wither us for ~20-25 years.
Before that, kids actually you know, went outside and did stuff. Guns in Australia weren’t that unfamiliar, because after the war many households had the .22/.303/.410/12 gauge behind the door. Many kids went out to hunt rabbits etc for food. Nowadays most kids would probably cry if they had to do that, yet they can jump on a computer and run round an shoot someone without even thinking about it.
Guns have been with us for nearly 200 years now, and prior to around 30-40 years ago there really weren’t that many mass-killings compared to the amount we’ve had in the past 10-20 years. So, what’s changed? Society.
Anyway, back OT. No one really knows the effects of video gaming yet, because they haven’t even proliferated a full generational life cycle yet. In about another 50 odd years when I’m ready to retire, we’ll have seen how much damage (or not) that this stuff has caused.

 

Hate to be an angel for the above, but how many massacres has Australia had since the ’96 guns laws 2 decades ago, versus the decades prior to that?

From the mid 70s to the passing of those laws we suffered at least 6 mass shootings, totaling 90 dead. In the period following that legislation we’ve had 1, leaving two people dead. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_Australia

It’s pretty salient to point out that almost all of those massacres occurred before the rise of video game culture, especially in terms of anything resembling realistic portrayals of violent acts. It’s very difficult there fore to see any link between vidya and killings, but very easy to see a link between unregulated gun culture and killings.

Remember, it’s not societies fault overall if loons crop up from time to time. But it’s certainly societies fault if those loons have access to legal firearms. And I speak as some one whose hunted rabbits as a kid.

 
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