Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) defended the call for more research related to the alleged effects of violent media on the youth of America as it relates to gun violence. Both Democrats and Republicans in both houses of Congress have been quick to pounce on violent media and gun control as issues that need to be addressed in the wake of the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
While Republicans and the National Rifle Association have pointed the finger at a culture of violence as a serious problem, Democrats have focused on gun control – and the supposed culture of violence in media (although some on both sides of the aisle are smart enough to know that there is no research supporting the claims that violent media effects children to the degree that it would cause them to go on a "violent killing spree").
While Pelosi does believe that proposed research by the President and some lawmakers is needed, she was also quick to point out some other statistics on video games and violence in other countries.
On "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace challenged Pelosi on the whole research angle, instead saying that she should simply go to her "friends in Hollywood" and "shame them" into action.
"As part of your plan, you call for more scientific research on the connection between popular culture and violence. We don't need another study, respectfully," said Wallace. "I mean, we know that these video games, where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV shows — why don't you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge them? Shame them, and say, 'Knock it off?'"
"I understand what you are saying," Pelosi replied. "I'm a mother, I'm a grandmother. But, they — not Hollywood, but the evidence — says that, in Japan, for example, they have the most violent games and the lowest death — mortality — from guns. I don't know what the explanation is for that except they may have good gun laws."
Pelosi added that Democrats wanted concrete scientific evidence about violent media so they could write the "best legislation possible."
The idea that legislation is needed and is being considered even before proposed studies have started should be disconcerting to gamers, game makers and any other industry that creates entertainment….
You can check out the video clip of the show on the Huffington Post.