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Violent games study bill dies on congressional floor, to be reintroduced when next session convenes

Thursday, 10th January 2013 16:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

US Senator Jay Rockefeller’s congressional bill which would research the impact of violent games and media on children died once the 112th congressional session ended last Thursday on January 3.

The West Virginia Senator has said he plans to reintroduce the bill, with the language unchanged, during the current congressional session by the end of the month.

Rockerfeller’s bill would task the National Academy of Sciences with studying violence in media, alongside the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission.

The study would investigate whether there is a correlation between exposure to violent video games and violent video programming and harmful effects on children.

Should the study be approved, the results will be submitted to congress within 18 months.

The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), is of course against any regulation of media, stating that due to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting “some people are looking for a cause and culprit other than the shooter.”

“Unfortunately some are blaming media, including video games, for violent behavior in individuals,” said the ECA on its website. “We know this isn’t the case; banning or regulating media content even more won’t solve the issue.”

Via Polygon.

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  1. deathm00n

    I say go on, let them study this, as it is very important to the whole mankind and will lead us into a better future where guns are sold only to people who don’t play games or watch TV, since they are way more normal than us and will not have the urge to kill another person we all get after our daily gaming.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Cobra951

    I’m all for it. The more time they spend “studying”, the less they muck around with restrictive legislation that doesn’t have a prayer of reducing gun violence. Let these people feel like they’re accomplishing something, as long as it stays innocuous.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    The problem here would be that with the school shootings charging the wave of studies would mean that they will all end up biased. This was NOT based as a independent study for scientific or social research but was instead created as a knee jerk reaction to a tragedy.

    Massive knee jerk reaction to horrific events are common and usually end up making things worse for everyone.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Cobra951

    Knee jerk indeed. But at least it doesn’t screw around with legislation. It’s just a study. It’s a lesser evil.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    Video games = popular worldwide
    School shootings = only popular in the USA.

    #5 2 years ago