Sen. Jay Rockefeller Reintroduces Bill Calling for Video Game Research

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced legislation this week echoing what President Obama asked for earlier in the month: extensive research on the effects of violent video games and other media on children. The study would be overseen by the National Academy of Sciences. Rockefeller introduced the bill before the end of the last Congress's term but ran out of time to get a floor vote. Now it seems that his bill has a lot more support from both parties.

Senators throwing their support behind the bill already include Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Rockefeller, who is the chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said that his bill would lay the groundwork for Congress to consider new regulations of violent entertainment content.

"We need comprehensive policies to fully protect our communities. This study is an important element of this approach," Rockefeller said

Rockefeller added that he is working closely with the Senate leadership to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote.

"This bill is a step in the right direction towards better understanding the effects of violence on children, and I look forward to the recommendations that result from this report,” Sen. Heller said.

Sen. Johanns said that in order to have an "honest discussion" about violence, "we need to examine the underlying causes of these actions."

On a slightly related note, the ESA and other member of the video game industry are set to meet with Vice-President Joe Biden today as part of his efforts related to gun violence. Perhaps instead of meeting with the Administration, the ESA should start preparing for another court case similar to Brown v. EMA if lawmakers decide to pass a bill like Rockefeller's because, as he indicated in his comments, it is the first step towards legislation regulating video games.

Source: The Hill

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    ecco6t9 says:

    The guy that was a fossil during the Clinton years wants to take on something he doesn't understand.


    I bet he would be surprised at what Tivo is and that there isn't a football team in L.A.

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    Thomas Riordan says:

    When they keep wasting time and money on stupid shit like this no wonder they can't balance a budget. A far as the "honest discussion" part show me a politician who's interested in or capable of an honest discussion and I'll hand you a mirror and show you a complete idiot.

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    Adrian Lopez says:

    This sort of thing makes me glad that humans have not discovered immortality. Society deserves better than to be forever stuck with the same pack of idiots. Other idiots will replace them, but the current form of idiocy will disappear along with the first bunch.

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    Technogeek says:

    I wouldn’t object to honest research into any possible effects (which I think the NAS is entirely capable of, mind you), but I find it difficult to believe that Rockefeller and the others pushing for such research will actually bother to acknowledge any results that challenge their established stance.

    I’d like to be proven wrong, though.

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    axiomatic says:

    So why only games? I would say books effect people more than anything, movies should be included too. But to only pick on games make their argument sound stupid and hollow.

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    NyuRena says:

    Here's your honest discussion…

    Video games can cause aggression in much the same way as playing or even watching any competitive sport. The violent images contained in them, which is protected under the first amendment, does not cause violent tenancies in the vast majority of non sociopathic individuals.

    Many studies have validated this time and again when you have looked for easy answers in the past.

    Done. Now STFU!

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    MechaTama31 says:

    Sen. Johanns said that in order to have an "honest discussion" about violence, "we need to examine the underlying causes of these actions."

    I agree.  So why are we studying video games instead?

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