As part of a White House / Google Hangout event to discuss gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden said that when it comes to research on video game violence "we shouldn't be afraid of the facts." His remarks were in response to a question about the possible connection between gun violence and video games. A rough transcript of the Vice President's remarks can be found below or you can go watch the video in this Kotaku article:
"Let the facts work.. including out here in California – including with regard to the entertainment industry. There is no hard data as to whether or not these excessively violent video games in fact cause people to engage in behavior that is anti-social – including using guns. There is one study done – I think it was the American Academy of Pediatrics. They said if you watch 3 -6 hours of – kids watching 3 -6 hours of video games (and a lot of kids do that) – can lead to aggressive behavior. They didn't make the next connection saying that leads to violent behavior. But there's no studies done, so I recommended to the President that we do significant research. Let the CDC, let the National Institute of Health, let these people go out and look at the pathology that's behind this – if there is a pathology related to gun violence. We shouldn't be afraid of the facts."
These comments follow a meeting earlier in the month with Biden's Gun Violence Commission that included researchers, the ESA, ESRB, and video game executives. The President later recommended that the CDC study the effect of video game violence on children as it relates to gun violence.