Congress could legislate violent games – US senator

Saturday, 6th April 2013 18:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

California senator Dianne Feinstein believes the government could legislate the sale violent games in US if the industry doesn’t cut back on violence in its games.

Speaking in San Francisco this week, Feinstein said if something isn’t done soon, Congress will have to step in, because games play “a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that.”

“If Sandy Hook doesn’t do it, if the knowledge of these video games [the shooter] played doesn’t, then maybe we have to proceed, but that is in the future,” said Feinstein.

Feinstein also said the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers have intimidated legislators in the gun control debate, and will throw all kinds of money at her Republican opponents who disagree with her in future elections.

In 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States found a proposed law barring the sale of violent games to minors in California unconstitutional, with justice Antonin Scalia stating the bill did “not comport with the 1st Amendment.”

Thanks, GI International.



  1. Phoenixblight

    They could but they aren’t going to.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. dex3108

    For God sake stop selling 18+ games to 10 year old children, punish parents who are buying and allowing those children to play 18+ games until 3 in the morning.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    Ha! That will never happen. Its my job to parent the child not the government and the government is not going to come in and tell me what my child can and cannot play.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. zinc

    The funny thing is, that the rise in violent videogames, has corresponded with a decrease in real life violent crime.

    I wonder if the two are related :-/

    #4 2 years ago
  5. rusty_shackleford

    I’ve never seen anyone crap all over the constitution more than feinstein, amazing, its like shes never heard of the bill of rights at all. She should be removed from office ASAP.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Richenbaum

    Eh. It’ll just be found unconstitutional again, just like the proposed law in California mentioned, just like every time they’ve talked about this since the ESRB was formed. This is the exact same thing they threatened developers with back then if they didn’t come up with a rating system so kids couldn’t get their hands on Mortal Kombat and etc. It’s not the developers faults that the parents and the salespeople ignore the damn ratings. They made all the same claims against movies for decades before video game violence came around and that never went anywhere either. It’s just more political posturing.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Kabby

    They don’t have the spine to reform gun control in the States so they whip up a frenzy over pointless shit like this.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. rockman29

    Only in USA. Can’t even discuss gun control. That means they have enough stupid politicians and lobbyists to screw this up too. The danger is the screw up can potentially lead to a stupid legislation.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. zinc

    I think people should Google God, Gun & Country, or God, Guns & Glory, or just Gun Bible to get an idea of just how interwoven the gun is in the American Mythos.

    Though it is perplexing that some would sacrifice the first amendment to protect the second.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. tmac2011

    dude if they even try to ban GTAV im going to be pissed, this is why erbs was put in place. if your a parent pay attention to your kids you moronica ass. this is what happens all the time oh blame videos. well, why dont you blamne movies, horror, action,thrillers. maybe movies create serial killers. c;mon just bann everything. makes me so freaking mad

    #10 2 years ago
  11. roadkill

    Phew! Thank the kitten I don’t live in that fascist country.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    @11 Amen.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. fearmonkey

    Sometimes, I wish Califiornia would secede…………

    #13 2 years ago
  14. stretch215

    @11 you clearly have no idea what fascism is. @topic: #2 summed up the attitude of most parents here, which is the wrong one(imo). 10 year olds should not have access to 18+ games, whether gaming is societally detrimental or not.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Neroist

    Funny how Feinstien headed MILCON for the goverment. Financial disclosure reports from 2001-2005 indicate that MILCON–under Feinstein’s leadership–cleared appropations that were eventually funneled as $1.551 billion worth of military construction contracts to URS Corporation, a San Francisco-based engineering services firm, and Perini , both partially owned by her husband’s investment firms (and their investors) at the time (URS reportedly earned $791 million, and Perini earned $759 million).

    Her net worth went from $26 million to $99 million from 2003-2005 during the war. She made a lot of money from REAL guns and killing people but bad mouths an outlet for people to take out aggression in a safe manner. Video game violence is like beating up a pillow in therapy.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    I’ve been playing violent games since I was 5ish & even if I could access a gun it wouldn’t make me want to go on a violent killing spree. These people that do go on killing sprees tend to be fucked in the head to begin with so how about working on improving social support for those who have or develop mental or social disorders & stop letting ever (possibly crazy) John Doe from walking into the nearest Walmart & walking out with assault rifles…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TMRNetShark

    It is legal to buy and give your kid a gun. Yet violent video games are still being blamed.

    Backwards logic.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Richenbaum

    @#16 The government can improve mental health care, but it won’t make all those terrible neglectful parents get off their asses and care or do anything about their blatantly crazy children. It won’t make half the people out there stop being scared to death of the unknown either, as in they simply cannot accept “well he was just fucking crazy” as an answer to why these people snap and start shooting, they always have to have something tangible to blame for it.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Christopher Jack

    @18, Well an improved education system, particularly in the poorer areas, could help with that. There is no single solution to prevent violence but using video games &/or television as a scapegoat is kind of pathetic. The very least the government could do is reduce the impact of violence by properly regulating gun ownership.

    Gun ownership should never be a right, they are a very dangerous tool, you should be able to prove that you have a justifiable reason on top of a psychiatric evaluation proving that you mentally capable & responsible enough to own & operate one. “Because I need to protect myself from other people with legalized or stolen legalized guns” should not ever be the correct answer.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Kopite

    I’m looking for the statistics on how many deaths have been caused by PS3s and 360s. Can’t seem to find it though.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. zinc

    ^ Actual deaths? None. Deaths caused by the rise of diabetes? Different story.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Lengendaryboss

    Oh for pete sake games don’t lead to murders, games don’t shape murders/killers it is people that kill people thats how it is unfortunately. I don’t think the removal of violent games will help, it is possible it can make it worse.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. mkotechno

    USA logic, you can fire a real automatic rifle, but not a videogame gun.

    #23 2 years ago

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