In the wake of the recent shooting in Connecticut many have wondered why and what triggered such a terrible event. For West Virginia’s democratic senator, Jay Rockefeller, video games has been the main interest. In many of these cases it is easy to point the finger at violent video games and many had in fact been doing so. Just a few days ago the Mass Effect fan page on Facebook was being flooded with terrible comments blaming them specifically for the shooting which was triggered by people seeing that the gunman’s brother had “Liked” the Mass Effect fan page on his Facebook.

Senator Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill to congress this Tuesday that would have the National Academy of Science (NAS) study the effects violent video games have on children. According to his website he states,

“Major corporations, including the video game industry, make billions on marketing and selling violent content to children. They have a responsibility to protect our children. If they do not, you can count on the Congress to take a more aggressive role.”

The bill is requiring the NAS to conduct a study on the link between violent games and violent programming and psychological effects it has on children. The bill is more specific to video games and whether or not they provoke children to act more aggressively. Other media’s will also be studied to distiguish which is the root cause of aggressive behavior in children both short term and long lasting.

“With respect to violent video games, NAS must look at whether current or emerging aspects of games, like their interactive nature and the personal and vivid way violence is portrayed, have a unique impact on kids.”

In addition to the NAS the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will also be involved in this study. Rockefeller states,

 “Changes in technology now allow kids to access violent content online with less parental involvement. It is time for these two agencies to take a fresh look at these issues.”

If the bill passes, NAS will have 18 months to submit a study report to Congress as well as the FTC and FCC.


Source: Politico