Video games have been under assault for most of their existence on the basis that violence acted out virtually influences and drives people to act it out in reality. Regardless of numerous studies already undertaken to discover if there is such a correlation, Obama announced in his statement to Congress on Wednesday Jan. 16 that they are requesting another study to be undertaken in the wake of the Newtown school shooting:
"And while year after year, those who oppose even modest gun safety measures have threatened to defund scientific or medical research into the causes of gun violence, I will direct the Centers for Disease Control to go ahead and study the best ways to reduce it -- and Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds. We don't benefit from ignorance. We don't benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence."
This study will cost a whopping $10 million, which according to a news article from townhall.com, doesn't amount to much in comparison to the $10.5 billion spent every day by our government. Nonetheless, $10 million dollars spent to study something that has already been studied before is cause for concern considering our country's severe debt.
In the scramble to establish new legislation to stem the tide of violence in our country, does not the responsibility of monitoring the exposure of violent video games remain the responsibility of the parents? Even with the ESRB restrictions on the sale of mature video games to children and teenagers under the age of seventeen, parents are still buying them for their children. How do Obama and Biden plan to address such an issue?
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