In Battle Against Knife Violence, British PM Takes a Stab at Video Games

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is concerned about the level of knife violence in some of England’s most crime-ridden cities.

And he’s assigning some of the blame to video games.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the PM related a wave of knife assaults with violent video games. A screenshot from Manhunt is prominently featured in the report.

In announcing a zero tolerance policy, Brown said that police would no longer issue warnings to those found carrying knives in a dozen crime “hot spots.” He also said he is considering a ban on some types of edged weapons. Brown told The Sun:

Society cannot cope with people carrying guns and knives and threatening to use them. There are boundaries you cannot cross — and one is this country’s zero tolerance on knives.

It is neither cool, nor does it make you safer, to carry a knife. We must ease people’s fears. They deserve freedom from fear about their safety on the streets.

Regarding games, the PM said:

I am very worried about video and computer games. No one wants censorship or an interfering State. But the industry has some responsibility to society and needs to exercise that.

One of the knife hot spots cited by Brown is the city of Manchester. GamePolitics readers will no doubt recall the furor raised in 2007 by the inclusion of Manchester Cathedral as a level in PS3 shooter Resistance: Fall of Man.

There’s more about the knife issue on 10 Downing Street, the PM’s official website.

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