In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in the US, the debate over the results and effects of violent video games is heating up more and more – but what steps are being taken to address the issues at hand?
US Senator Jay Rockefeller has reintroduced legislation that will open research into the effects of video game violence to better understand the problem.
The bill will look particularly into the effects of violent gaming and media on children.
“We need comprehensive policies to fully protect our communities. This study is an important element of this approach,” Rockefeller said.
Senator Mike Johanns, who is in support if the bill, said that to have an “honest discussion” about violence, “we need to examine the underlying causes of these actions.”
The bill is in response to the prominence of violent gun crimes across the US, most recently, that of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, which Sen. Christopher Murphy blames video games for.
“I think there’s a question as to whether he would have driven in his mother’s car in the first place if he didn’t have access to a weapon that he saw in video games that gave him a false sense of courage about what he could do that day,” said Murphy on the Sandy Hook shooter.
So, what do you think? Well, apparently it doesn’t matter, because California State Senator Leland Yee said that gamers have “no credibility” in the violent video game debate.
“Gamers have got to just quiet down,” said Yee. “Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry’s lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest.”