West Virginia Senator pretty sure violent video games are bad, will use taxpayer money to prove it.
By Tim Colwill on August 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm
In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, a number of people who don’t really understand video games decided that it was somehow video games’ fault, and decided the best approach was to fire up some legislation to look into the matter. One of them was Senator Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia, who proposed that the National Academy of Sciences be asked to do a study on violent games.
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has just sent the bill, the Violent Content Research Act, to the floor of the Senate for voting on. Now, consumer advocate group the ECA is demanding that the Senate see sense and not waste time on the bill.
“The ECA has numerous concerns about this and feels that this is a distraction to finding the real cause of these events,” claims the group. “Senator Rockefeller himself, who has championed this legislation, has, on the record, stated that he disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision that video games are protected free speech.”
Senator Rockerfeller is quoted as saying: “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.”
“With all due respect Senator,” continues the ECA, “the highest court of the land has reviewed the scientific research and concluded that video games do not cause violence. The non-scientific personal opinion of the Senator should not get to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.”
It’s interesting stuff — take a read.