EMA Sends Letter to Vice-President Joe Biden Concerning Violent Media’s Role in Sandy Hook Shooting

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden offering its input on the effort he is leading to develop policy recommendations to address the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.

The letter discusses the "proactive efforts of retailers to keep violent entertainment out of the hands of children whose parents do not want them to have it, the legal issues surrounding attempts to restrict entertainment that contains violent content, and the studies that the federal government has conducted on minors and entertainment containing depictions of violence."

Penned by EMA Interim President Mark Fisher, the letter points out the various ratings systems in place to keep violent media out of the hands of children whose parents don't want them to have access to it, the likelihood that any laws restricting violent media pushed through congress would likely be found to be unconstitutional, and that studies conducted by the U.S. government (FTC, Secret Service) have concluded that video games were not a primary catalyst.

You can read the entire letter for yourselves here.

Update: We have edited part of this article concerning the EMA's position on Sen. Jay Rockefeller's proposed legislation that would charge the National Academy of Sciences with conducting an extensive study on the effects of violent media on children. You can find out more about that in the release linked above.


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