Violent Video Games, TV, and Movies

Vice President Joe Biden calls for the legal barriers to be lifted so that more research can be done on the effects of video games, TV, and movies in spurring gun violence.


-I'd like to close with a question about the role-- what role if any do you think violent video games as well as TV and movies play in spurring gun violence? There's a report out just this morning that video games may have played some sort of role for Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter. -Well, there's a lot of speculation about that and that's why I-- one of the things we're pushing very hard that I didn't mention to you is lifting the ban on the ability of the CDC, the Center for Disease Control, the NIH, National Institute of Health from being able to do studies on gun violence. The NRA and others have actually pushed legislation and attached what they call writers to appropriations bill saying you can't-- that the federal-- no agency of the federal government can actually study gun violence at all. And one of the things that I think we should be studying is the issue of whether or not there's any empirical data suggest that access to these some extremely violent video games to young people actually impacts on their behavior. There are a couple of studies, the association of child psychiatrist-- it's not the exact title. I don't know the title but I think it's-- adolescent psychiatric study indicates that it may impact on behavior. But, there's no-- on attitudes, but there's no hard data and that's why one of the things that President Myer suggested is there be well-funded studies by really first rate people and determine whether or not there is any association between violent video, violent films, and behavior, particularly on young people. There's not enough hard data to make that judgment now but we have to lift the restrictions on the government to be able to study those issues.

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