UK MP Keith Vaz Uses Breivik Trial to Table Early Day Motion

Keith Vaz, the United Kingdom’s most vocal critic of video games in Parliament, is now urging the government there to look "more closely and first-person shooters" using the trial of accused Oslo, Norway mass murderer Anders Breivik as an example of how games can influence people to do evil…

Select Committee Chairman Vaz has tabled an early day motion in Parliament urging the government to take action. Luckily only he and four others have signed on to the motion.

After Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik testified at his trial that he used Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to train for his attacks, Vaz said that he is "concerned" that the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) rating system only provides an age rating for a "particular video game." According to Vaz's motion, more precautions should be taken before games like Call of Duty (first-person shooters) are published due to their "increasing realism."

Vaz has long been a critic of video games and the link he sees between them and acts of violence. Last year he tabled a motion aimed at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 saying that there was growing evidence of the link between violent video games and those who commit violent crime.

Source: The Inquirer

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