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The topic of gun violence and its relationship with video games continues to be a pressing topic as the United States government works to grapple with daily tragedies. Following the unthinkable events in Newtown, Connecticut last December, the issue of gun control and violent media has been in the spotlight. Numerous studies have been unable to determine correlation between video games and violent tendencies, but one senator is prepared to throw the weight of Congress against the gaming industry.
Earlier this week, California’s Dianne Feinstein spoke to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on a number of topics, including gun control. The senator is known for her firm stance against firearms, but in this latest appearance, she had some strong words for the video game industry.
Video games provide “a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that,” Feinstein said. She also shared her desire to see the industry produce products that aren’t focused on large firearms. She warned that Congress might decide to take measures of its own.
While Feinstein is correct that many titles do feature big guns, her statements ignore the wealth of far less violent games available. Especially with the popularity of Lego titles, Angry Birds, and the upcoming Disney Infinity, young people have options that are free from gun violence. Journey, which received a number of Game of the Year awards, is the antithesis of the type of game Feinstein described. Those experiences are out there, and their prevalence is growing.
More troubling than the uninformed approach taken by the senator is the implication for free speech. Per a United States Supreme Court ruling in 2011, video games are afforded protections under the first amendment. Were Feinstein successful in rallying Congress to pursue the gaming industry, she might have a difficult time enacting legislation that could stand an appearance before the nine justices.
[Source: CBS 5 KPIX via Examiner]
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This is just ridiculous. Does no one remember the witch hunt of rock 'n roll? Comic Books? Film? The funny thing about history is that it seems to repeat an awful lot.
It is amazing how ignorant some people are. I have no fear that her pursuit will end in failure and that the creative ability of developers will remain untouched. The medium is protected by the first amendment and it is only a matter of time until it escapes the persistent blame of fools just as comic books and other mediums have done before it.
This is *** insane! That crazy b*tch must be from mars. This country has turned to ***. The government better stay the *** out of this.
This idiot has been plaguing politics for years and years. And yet, lefty Californians keep putting her in office. It's because they're fond of her brand of "let the government take care of you" leadership.
Well, this is what we get, guys. Support the nanny state for anything, and you'll get the nanny state for *everything*. Don't like it? Don't vote for politicians who think Americans need to be "taken care of" by Big Brother (or Big Sister in this case).
Seriously? Your big bad Gun Ban gets shot out of the sky so now you're going to attack the videogames industry. Feinstein just has a knack for picking fights she can't win.
VIDEO GAMES ARE THE DEVIL
I watched a TV show today about a 16 year old girl who killed her mother with a gun in the 1920's. The first case of matricide ever recorded in San Fransisco. The media said she did it because she liked to listen to Jazz and that the music caused people to go insane and become violent.
Video games are just going to have to stick it out and wait for the next thing to blame violence on to come along. Just like everything that has ever existed before.
Yeah, cause video game violence directly correlates to real life violence. Maybe bad parenting/role models actually has something to do with this gun violence? Silly Congress
what we really should be banning are dance games. They make the real killers