Joe Biden Stresses Call For Studies On Violent Video Games

Vice President Joe Biden today reiterated the administration’s call for studies on violent video games and possible links to real-life violence during a Google video chat, TheHill.com reported. Biden, who met two weeks ago with representatives of the entertainment industry, pointed out there is no concrete data on video games and possible links to violence. The CDC is prohibited from conducting research on gun violence because of a congressional ban on spending funds on studies that may advocate gun control. In addition to reimposing the federal ban on assault weapons and requiring universal background checks on firearms buyers, the White House plan released last week asked Congress to appropriate $10 million for the CDC to study gun violence, including possible links to violent video games and media images. Biden said he thinks special interest groups “are afraid of facts”, adding “let these people go out and look at the pathology that’s behind this, if there is a pathology related to gun violence” — and “let the facts lead where they will”.

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Comments (19)

  • I’d like a study done to see just how much damage moronic politicians damage the country, I’m thinking we all know the answer.

    Comment by HornDoggler — Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 11:07pm PST  
  • I’ll save ya 10 million, Joe. Canada gets the same violent games and has a fraction of the real gun violence.

    Comment by Barry — Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 11:07pm PST  
    • Agreed. These games are available around the globe. It’s not like angsty, video game playing teenagers are unique to America. They have these games in Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Australia, etc. The list goes on. Now, take the population of people from all those nations and see what the percentage of mass shootings is compared to America.

      Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.

      Comment by Jon — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 10:17am PST  
  • If video games are so violent, then why aren’t there millions and millions of people shooting everyone on a daily basis?

    Comment by Bosko — Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 11:18pm PST  
  • canada also has a fraction of the population…..

    Comment by phil — Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 11:28pm PST  
    • Adjusted for population (ie per capita) Canada’s rate is far, far, far lower than US.

      Comment by Barry — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 12:19am PST  
  • It’s the gun lust.

    Comment by Mc — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 12:37am PST  
  • Japan and South Korea buy more violent videogames per capita than the US, and have a fraction of the mass shootings, so your population size argument really doesn’t hold up….

    Comment by Jay — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 1:11am PST  
  • The resistance to even studying this amazes me. If you take the mass shootings in the past 15 years there are only 2 things they seem to have in common – they are done by young males, and those young males have been viewers of violent videos. All of the other stuff – their home lives, intelligence, were they on medication, type of weapons they used, were they loners or did they appear sociable, none of that is true of all of them. If you have a problem that involves several people why wouldn’t you look at what they all have in common? That is just common sense.
    One of the cops who interviewed the boy in the recent NM case said – and it was reported by several news outlets -”The suspect was involved heavily in games, violent games- and was quite excited as he got the opportunity to discuss them with our investigators”.

    Comment by Bryn — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 2:34am PST  
    • Dude, it’s not that the games exist. Like everyone else on this thread just said: all countries have violent videogames and media while NONE of them have the same propensity for gun violence.

      Having said that, I think there’s a conversation to be had about who gets to watch what. In the UK, violent movies and video games are not made available to kids under 15 or 18 (depending on the content). It’s a small but important step, I think.

      Comment by UncommonDenominator — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 12:57pm PST  
  • I play Call of Duty several times a week. By no means does it make me want to go shoot actual people. Make no mistake, I have 5 shotguns, a crossbow, a compound bow, multiple variations of .22 rifles, an SKS, several handguns, and an AR15, so it isn’t like I don’t have access to weapons. I handle them in a responsible manner with the utmost care. I’d simply prefer to shoot delicious animals over people.

    If anything, violent video games probably give people a release and keep them from acting out their violent tendencies in the real world.

    Comment by Sg. Grant — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 4:09am PST  
  • They did a comprehensive study on this already a few years ago. Conclusion: there was no connection to playing violent video games and violent behavior.

    Comment by Anonymous — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 5:06am PST  
  • We have been warring on each other, committing terrible acts, and mass murder, for the past 10,000 years. video games have been around for 40 ish, and violent games for the past ten years. So yes, it’s clear that video games are the root of all evil…..
    These people need to get out more.

    Comment by Patrick — Friday January 25, 2013 @ 5:19am PST  
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