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Klein: 'treat violent game creators like pornographers, they need to be shunned'

The Connecticut shooting claimed well over 20 lives.
The Connecticut shooting claimed well over 20 lives.

The tragic events of last week has started the seemingly ongoing debate among politicians and analysts regarding violent video games and what should be done with them.

According to a report from ABC News, Time political columnist Joe Klein said people who create video games containing violent content should be treated the same as pornographers are.

"We not only have a Second Amendment in this country, we also have a First Amendment that protects Sylvester Stallone's right to fire thousands of bullets in any given movie.

"What we need to do in this society is treat people who create violent movies and violent video games with the same degree of respect we accord pornographers.

"They need to be shunned," Klein said.

Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman said people need to take a good look at the culture surrounding the entertainment world.

"We've got to again start the conversation about violence in the entertainment culture.

"Obviously not everybody who plays a violent video game becomes a killer, but the social science is pretty clear here.

"Particularly for people who are vulnerable because they do have mental problems, the violence in our entertainment culture stimulates them to act out," Lieberman said.

Last year, the United States Supreme Court struck down a California law that would have banned the sale of violent or sexually explicit games to minors.

The ruling in the Brown vs. Entertainment Merchants Association case read, "This country has no tradition of specifically restricting children's access to depictions of violence, and California's claim that 'interactive' video games present special problems, in that the player participates in the violent action on screen and determines its outcome, is unpersuasive," the ruling read.


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