Senate Panel Thinks The Government Should Study Video Game Violence

By: Zach Walton - July 30, 2013

Is there a direct correlation between violent video games and violent acts committed by young people? Most studies say no, but most also say that there is a correlation between violent video games and increased aggression. Note that aggression and violence are not one in the same, but your elected officials don’t care about semantics.

The Hill reports that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unanimously approved the Violent Content Research Act. The bill, which was drafted by Sen. Jay Rockefeller in the wake of the Newtown shooting, would have the National Academy of Sciences conduct research on whether or not violent video games, movies and television have any impact on children.

Rockefeller says that his bill is all about protecting our children from those darn, whacky video games:

“I strongly believe that we need to address all components of gun violence if we have a fighting chance at protecting our families and communities. This includes studying the levels of violence in the video games our children play and the media they watch.”

This particular bill can only authorize research into violent video games, but it’s pretty obvious that the findings will be used to push legislation that would seek to regulate the sale of violent video games. The gaming industry sees a few bills every year that try to single out video games for this kind of legislation, and it always gets beaten back by the courts. In fact, the Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that a California law that sought to regulate violent video game sales was unconstitutional.

Of course, it should be noted that Rockefeller’s bill will still have to make its way through the Senate and the House before it can become law. I don’t see that being much of a problem though. Congress needs a scapegoat after failing to pass any new gun regulations earlier this year, and video games remain one of the best scapegoats there is.

Zach Walton

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  • Andrew

    Just another example of big government running amuck and believing they know what’s best. Last I checked it was the parent’s job to raise their children, not government.

  • Name

    Well you have the mayor of NY trying to ban the Big Gulp …. now you have our politicians going after video games ….. I guess those really small issues such as health care, getting out of our wars, the failing economy, joblessness, and all our rights being taken away just don’t matter … long as all those terrible people that drink big drinks and play video games are stopped!!!

    Shootings just happen. People get mad or go crazy. That is just life. As population increases, we are going to have more shootings. It is just a numbers game. If your really want to stop violence in the world. Stop all the needless wars we are getting into. How many different countries have we gone in to in the past 20 years? How many people killed? For what? Not a thing has changed. Nothing.

  • James

    Yes, It is important meters and must take into consideration before it penetrate in our society badly and harm our children.

    • Andrew

      It’s not the government’s job to raise our children, James, especially big government. Things can only get worse once they try to step in and “help.”

    • Hmm….

      There are more parents that beat there kids every day than we can count. Why not start with stopping that than video games.

      I find this ironic seeing as though there are defense agencies that are actually backing video games.