Obama calls for more research into violent video games
Today, President Barack Obama has directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pursue further research into the connection between "video games, media images and real-world violence."
The purpose isn't to single out video games; rather, it's to determine the causes of gun violence along with any measures which could be taken to prevent it. The research will likely begin in 2014, and it will examine "the effects that violent video games have on young minds."
This wasn't the only memorandum handed down by the president today. President Obama proposed no less than twenty three executive actions, including a ban on 'military style' assault weapons and high capacity magazines, improved mental health services, safer schools, and better background checks.
"If there's even one thing we can do to reduce this violence," Obama told attendees at a morning press conference; "if there's even one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to try it. I will put everything I've got into this, and so will Joe, but I tell you the only way we can change is if the American people demand it."
This announcement came just after a meeting between Joe Biden and game industry officials, researchers, and executives, in which the vice president stressed that he wasn't specifically singling out the industry, as he came into the meeting with "no judgment."
"When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now. Let's do the right thing. Let's do the right thing for this country we love so much." concluded Obama.
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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