The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has recently recommended that S. 134 be sent to the Senate floor to be voted on. That’s the legislation that calls upon the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the connection between the “exposure to violent video games and video programming and harmful effects on children.” The ECA has numerous concerns about this, and feels that this is a distraction and a waste of money.
Violent crime has decreased while video games sales have increased. Countries, whose video game spending per capita are more than the United States, do not see the level of violence – especially gun violence – that we do. Numerous studies have found that video games do not cause violence and no matter what their opinion on the subject, researchers on both sides agree that you can’t properly conduct the type of study discussed here.
Senator Rockefeller himself has, on the record, stated that he disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision that video games are protected free speech. The fear is that this is just a first step to regulate video game content.
Senator Rockefeller himself has stated this is the case. It’s a parent’s role to decide what media their children are exposed to, not the government’s. On top of that, the Federal Trade Commission has found the video game industry’s rating and labeling system is the best out of all entertainment.
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