President Asks Congress to Fund Study of Violence and Media—Video Games Included

President Obama directed further research be done into the relationship video games may have to violence, part of a series of actions the White House is taking in response to the problem of repeated mass shootings across the country.

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In a news conference taking place now, the president asked Congress to set aside $10 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the ties between violent images in the media—specifically mentioning "the effects violent video games have on young minds"—and violent crime.

The request followed a week in which Vice President Joe Biden met with leaders of the video game industry to discuss violent video games. The study is not the only proposal Obama made; among two dozen others, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity clips, and stricter background checks.

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jonathanponikvar
Jonathan Ponikvar

People, people: if this were the ONLY step he was taking as a result of all those meetings, then you'd have a reason to facepalm and go all "DAMMIT OBAMA" and whatnot.

But this isn't. It's one step amongst MANY that he is taking to narrow down the focus and reduce the line of suspects so that he can pass legislation where it REALLY matters. Hopefully, after all is said and done, it will finally end up addressing the root of the issue: mental health care reform in this country.

If all goes well, studies like the one being called for here will fail to find any link between violent media and a rise in criminal activity, effectively eliminating these scapegoats from the discussion table. Be glad that it's even being addressed at all; the fact that Obama is giving it a study and not immediately passing blind legislation means that he's taking it seriously.