President Proposes CDC Study on Violent Video Games and Media

President Barack Obama unveiled measures today to curb gun violence in America that he wants Congress to pass as soon as possible, and issued executive orders calling for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct a study on whether there is a correlation between gun violence and "violent video games" and other forms of media.

First, the executive orders call for tougher penalties for people who do not tell the truth on background checks, require federal agencies to make "relevant data" available in a timely fashion to the federal background check system, require federal law enforcement agencies to trace guns in criminal investigations, give schools and school districts more flexibility to use federal grant money to improve school safety, give communities grants to institute programs that keep guns out of the hands of "people who shouldn't have them," and the removal of limits on gun violence data to allow for more thorough research by government agencies.

On the latter, Congress has long held that federally funded scientific agencies can not advocate for or against gun control. President Obama will ask Congress for $10 million in the 2014 budget to conduct the research into violence in video games, television, and movies as it relates to gun violence. The President sounded confident that Congress would approve the $10 million for research on violent media:

"Congress will fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds," President Obama said.

As for proposals that the President would like to see passed in the Congress: the approval of universal background checks (and the elimination of loopholes), bans on military-style assault weapons, and bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The President is also looking for a timely confirmation process for the new head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Todd Jones.

The estimated price tag for all of these proposals and bills is $500 million.

Source: Associated Press

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    NyuRena says:

    My god I hope you are right.

    But some are so against video games in general they will keep asking and there will be another study in 5 or so years which they hope will give them the reality they so desire to have, one in which they are right.

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    Bigman-K says:

    Republicans, Democrats, same shit. When will people realize there is no difference between both parties. Both parties want to curtail civil liberties whether it be 1st, 2nd or 4th amendment, take away our rights and freedoms and both parties want a nanny-state with more government intervention forced into our lives. It's shit like this that turned me from a left-wing liberal into a libertarian. Ugh

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    Morlock says:

    i'm actually down with this – the study will be run be a respected organization, and when they find the obvious answer that will put all this crap to rest. instead of pointing to private tests we can just say "the CDC said this, so shut the hell up ffs."

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    black manta says:

    I have little doubt in my mind that this study will yield the same results that every other study regarding the correlation between violent entertainment and real-life violence has: that there either is none or that it's inconclusive at best.

    This is just a bone being thrown to the anti-gaming crowd to make it look like "something's being done."  I doubt it'll have any long-range effects.  Too bad it's wasting taxpayer money doing it.  :shrugs: But what else is new?

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