/// Bill Would Study Impact of Violent Video Games on Children

December 19, 2012  |  Media Week

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has triggered calls for more than just gun regulation, putting violent video games and programming again in the spotlight. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill today that calls for the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent video games and violent video programming on children. As chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee, Rockefeller has some pull in getting his bill before it. Rockefeller's bill as currently drafted would direct the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission to arrange with the NAS to conduct a comprehensive study into whether violent games and violent programming have an impact on children. Several press stories reported that Adam Lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who gunned down 20 children and six adults last Friday, often played violent video games. “By the time children reach 18 years old, they have seen tens of thousands of violent images, on television, the Internet, or video games. As parents, research confirms what we already know, these violent images have a negative impact on our children's wellbeing. While we don't know if such images impacted the killer in Newtown, the issue of violent content is serious and must be addressed,” Rockefeller said in a statement earlier this week. Studies are one thing, but a law regulating programming would be quite another. The Supreme Court in June 2011 struck down a California law that banned the sale of violent games to minors, based on First Amendment grounds. That's not stopping Rockefeller. “Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it

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Bill Would Study Impact of Violent Video Games on Children


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