[Update] Video Game Makers, The NRA, And The Vice President Planning To Meet
Update: Until now, it wasn't clear who would be representing the video game industry in a series of meetings being conducted by Vice President Joe Biden's task force on gun violence. We now have confirmation that Entertainment Software Association CEO Michael Gallagher will be attending the summit to represent the video game industry.
We emailed the ESA's vice president of media relations Dan Hewitt about whether or not the ESA would be appearing at the series of meetings and received the following response:
"Just confirming that, yes, Mike Gallagher, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, will be participating in tomorrow's meeting."
After the recent shooting in Connecticut, gun control has become a volatile issue and many fingers have been pointed towards video games and other similarly violent media. President Obama has created a task force to discuss the issue and it involves the Vice President Joe Biden, the NRA, and video game makers, along with a number of other groups and representatives.
It's unclear who exactly will be representing the world of video games during these meetings, but they are planning to begin the discussion next next week. The task force is gathering in an effort to come up with a ideas and hopefully a solution to help end or at the very least curb gun violence in the United States.
Reuters is reporting the story and said, "Biden's task force is examining legislation that would ban assault rifles, but is also looking at the role of violent movies and videogames in mass shootings and whether there is adequate access to mental health services."
On December 21, the National Rifle Association held a press conference where it specifically called out video games for being a contributing factor to the violence seen in America.