Senator Jay Rockefeller and Vice President Joe Biden are looking at violent video games for answers to society's problems.
Rockefeller introduces legislation to study video games
On Thursday Senator Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia Democrat) introduced legislation to study the impact of violent video games and other content on children.
Rockefeller said the bill would aid Congress in developing new regulations of violent entertainment content. According to The Hill Senator Rockefeller said, “We need comprehensive policies to fully protect our communities. This study is an important element of this approach.”
Biden calls for studies on video games
Speaking during a Google Plus Hangout on Thursday Vice President Biden called for studies to be conducted on violent video games to look for possible links to real-life violence.
According to The Hill Vice President Biden said, "There is no hard data as to whether or not these excessively violent video games in fact cause people to engage in behavior that is antisocial, including using guns."
Video games under fire
Earlier in the week Political activist Ralph Nader condemned violent video games as "electronic child molesters." Nader was addressing violent video games in the context of gun control as he discussed Monday's inaugural party of newly reelected President Obama.
The buzz last weekend was a petition circulating to have a new shooting game "NRA: Practice Range" removed from the Apple App Store.
Is there a connection to video games and violent behavior? Or are the politicians looking for the quick answers ready to spin the study results? It will be interesting to see.