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Biden: people shouldn’t fear “facts” should research link violent media and gun violence

Thursday, 24th January 2013 21:21 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

US VP Joe Biden has said while there’s no definitive proof violent games and media cause people to go on shooting rampages, the public shouldn’t be afraid of “facts” which may come from research on the matter.

Speaking during a live Google Hangout web broadcast, and looking like he needs to hire a make-up person who believes less powder is more, Biden said to let the facts “lead where they will, and let the research be done.”

“One of the things that the president and I believe very strongly, is let the facts work, especially in regards to the entertainment industry,” he said. “There’s no hard data as to whether or not these excessively violent video games in fact cause people to engage in behavior that is anti-social, including using guns.

“There was one study done from the American Academy of Pediatrics [that] said, if kids watch three to six hours of video games, and a lot of kids do that, it can lead to aggressive behavior. They didn’t make the next connection saying that it leads to violent behavior, but there’s [been] no studies done. So I recommended to the president that we do significant research.

“Let the CDC, let the National Institute of Health go out and look at the pathology that’s behind this, if there is a pathology related to gun violence.

“We shouldn’t be afraid of the facts.”

Biden met with several games, film, music and other entertainment executives last week along with various researchers and special interest groups to hear the industries take on whether violence in media contributes to gun violence in the US.

He said at the time he was not singling any industry out, but recommended research be conducted on the matter.

You can view a video clip of his Google Hangout chat over on Kotaku.

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  1. DSB

    I think Biden is probably just rendered in Frostbite 2.

    That would certainly explain the atomic inferno that seems to be lighting his face.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TD_Monstrous69

    I agree with VP Biden on this issue, and am glad that he’s not an idiot on this topic, like a lot of political mouthpieces out there.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Beta

    So far, the only politician that’s spoken about video games whom I haven’t lost all respect for immediately after. :P

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Sini

    Clearly a Hitman fan. Must have been those sexy nurses afterall.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DarthKate8215

    Using guns is anti-social behavior?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. alaris

    I was going to say that people don’t use the word “facts” unless they have none since facts speak for themselves. Then I read the article … oh. Google Mr. VP. Google and find the facts because they show that violent video games do not lead to violent behavior.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    I was mistaken with another politician. Ralph Nader made that ridiculous statement, not Biden. My bad.

    Ralph Nader called game companies ‘electronic child molesters’.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Diingo

    Who knows? We humans adapt to our environment, if a child is raised in a home with parents always fighting, chances are they’ll pick up on those traits. Can the same be said about the digital entertainment they engage in? It’s really hard to say, though what’s for certain is that physical human interaction is far more tense than any game can provide in terms of emotions…. there will be a day when video game characters will have advanced A.I making them appear to be real as they interact with you.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. roadkill

    America! You are fucked up!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. chewie2000

    Games do not kill people… GUNS kill people… stop giving people guns… DUH!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    “We shouldn’t be afraid of the facts.”

    +1

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    Isn’t there already a ton of research on the subject? Do we have something in particular against those facts?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Cobra951

    @10: Guns kill people like knives kill people. And bows. And pickaxes. And shovels. And screwdrivers. And poison. And a tub full of wet noodles. No matter what we ban, killers will figure out a way to kill. We need laws against killers. Oh, wait. We already do! Those don’t stop the madness either.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    Right, clearly the weapons make no difference.

    That’s why the marines go to war armed with bows and pickaxes.

    #14 2 years ago