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Alarmed By Sandy Hook, U.S. Senator Wants Government To Find Out if Violent Games Are More Dangerous Than Cartoons

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West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller recently introduced a bill to congress which aims to study the impact of violent video games on children, The Huffington Post reports. Likely, this is a response to the claims that Adam Lanza played video games, and that video games might've negatively influenced Lanza.

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"This week, we are all focused on protecting our children. At times like this, we need to take a comprehensive look at all the ways we can keep our kids safe. I have long expressed concern about the impact of the violent content our kids see and interact with every day," Rockefeller stated.

Though some evidence implies that video games do not cause violence, hopefully this action—should the bill go through—would result in a greater understanding of where video games fit into the violent parts of our society, if at all.

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Rockefeller's statements, however, make it seem as if he thinks that those who don't believe that games can have a negative impact on children are being naive.

"[People] believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons. Parents, pediatricians, and psychologists know better. These court decisions show we need to do more and explore ways Congress can lay additional groundwork on this issue. This report will be a critical resource in this process. I call on my colleagues to join to me in passing this important legislation quickly," Rockefeller stated.

Rockefeller argues that since video game companies aren't taking responsibility to protect our children, it falls on the government and agencies like the FTC and FCC to stand up.

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It'll be interesting to see what the research concludes, should it happen.

UPDATE: Rockefeller's full statement can be read on his press release, here.

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Video Games Targeted By Senate In Wake Of Sandy Hook Shooting [Huffington Post]

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Timmy: Boy do howdy Lucy this television digital game machine sure is the bees knees.

Lucy: Gosh darn betty boopin Timmy you're absolutely right. Who would've guessed a game starring an Italian plumber, who I might mention never does his job which fits perfectly with his nationality, could be this much fun.

Timmy: As someone who started playing games at the age of 5 I can see myself continuing playing for the rest of my life without any psychological issued due to very loving and responsible parents who only purchased me games in my age group or when they deemed my psychological maturity was enough to handle more adult topics such as murder without emulating them in real life. Unlike the thousands of irresponsible parents who only want their children to stop whining so they buy them the games commercials clearly air to appeal to these kids no matter what violence is portrayed and when they grow up with huge issues and are total fucking assholes due to always getting what they want, instantly blame video games instead of their fucking parenting because they are lazy motherfucking pieces of shit who deserve to have their freaking kids taken away from them and the motherfuckity fucking media has nothing better to do than to blame the industry instead of the parents because everybody knows the crack addict prostitute who lives with her legs spread open isn't the bad parent when video games are the ones giving the child attention, no it is the guns brainwashing our children.

Lucy: I don't want to play anymore with you Timmy.

Timmy: Sorry the dead bodies of the neighbors I murdered thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog were telling me to kill more.

Lucy: O_O