US Vice President to discuss gun violence with games industry representatives

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 09:38 GMT By Dave Cook

American vice president Joe Biden is to discuss the thorny and oft-debated issue of gun violence with games industry representatives, new reports suggest.

Reuters reports that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is also meeting with Biden to discuss the issue, following the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, which President Barack Obama has since named the worst day of his presidency, according to the site.

Now, Obama’s VP has set up a task force geared towards examining the issue, and it is said that Biden will meet with industry figures as part of his campaign. White House spokesman Jay Carney explained, “[Biden’s] group will also meet with representatives of the entertainment and video-game industries.”

The group will hold meetings at some point this week. Polygon reports that Biden’s meeting with the games industry comes as the The Entertainment Merchant’s Association wrote him a letter asking that he discuss the matter with them in person, to help root out stigma and to talk about key issues at hand.

Polygon covered the group’s letter to Biden here.

What’s your take on Biden actually taking time to meet with the industry? Will it help rationalise the reactionary link between violence and games and look at the real issues at hand? Let us know below.