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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