Senator: Gaming Markets Violence to Kids

By David Radd

Posted December 21, 2012

Last week's school shooting in Connecticut has renewed the debate over violent video games. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is leading the charge this time, proposing a bill that would have multiple government agencies research the effects of violent games on young players.

“Major corporations, including the video game industry, make billions on marketing and selling violent content to children,” Rockefeller told Bloomberg news service. “They have a responsibility to protect our children. If they do not, you can count on the Congress to take a more aggressive role.”

If the bill passes, findings from the studies would be presented to Congress within 18 months. An Entertainment Software Association statement on the subject stated that there was no link between violent games and violent actions, adding, "The search for meaningful solutions must consider the broad range of actual factors that may have contributed to this tragedy."

Source: Bloomberg


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