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Vice President Joe Biden to Meet with Gun and Games Industry Groups to Help Resolve Gun Violence

By - Source: GamesIndustry.biz | B 54 comments

Gun violence in the U.S. has become a direct concern of the POTUS.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, President Obama tasked Vice President Biden to look into violent media and its influence on shootings in the United States.

Since the Newtown incident, politicians and parents alike have blamed the NRA and violent media, particularly videogames, for the shooting. The NRA refused to take accountability, scapegoating violent videogames. ""There exists in this country, sadly" said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, "A callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people."

The argument against violent videogames is an age old one, used time and time again against TV, movies, music, and even literature.

As a result, Joe Biden is meeting with groups with completely differing views on the issue, including videogame industry representatives, the NRA, and victims of gun violence. It was recently made clear that the videogame representative to meet with Joe Biden is ESA CEO Michael Gallagher.

The vice president's findings will then be handed over to President Obama, who will be addressing them in his State of the Union speech to be given later this month.

 

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    thecolorblue , January 11, 2013 5:06 PM
    games are not the issue. how embarrassing for the Vice President of the United States.
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2013 5:32 PM
    I am a gun owner. I have played more than my share of violent games (and still do) and seen a near equal amount of violent movies, Yet, I have not gone on a shooting rampage for the better half of 3 decades. I'm quite sure the issue lies far beyond entertainment mediums although some would like you to believe otherwise.

    Furthermore, a weapon of any sort placed on a table will not hurt anyone. It's the person who eventually picks up the weapon is what makes it potentially dangerous.
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    blurr91 , January 11, 2013 5:15 PM
    Ever noticed many of the mass shootings occured at "gun free zones?"
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  • 24 Hide
    thecolorblue , January 11, 2013 5:06 PM
    games are not the issue. how embarrassing for the Vice President of the United States.
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    rebel1280 , January 11, 2013 5:11 PM
    +1 thecolorblue, people are just going insane and have been taught by society that life cheap. Games are just that, games, not real, they are fake, everyone knows they are fake. How many people have dropped a piano on someones head to kill them and how many people have seen that done since infancy on cartoons when they were born? If i had to guess, it would be a lot more people have seen the piano scenes more than Master Chief blowing an alien away.
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    blurr91 , January 11, 2013 5:15 PM
    Ever noticed many of the mass shootings occured at "gun free zones?"
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    robochump , January 11, 2013 5:19 PM
    Bad parents are to blame for majority of teenage/young adult gun violence.
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    Daedalus12 , January 11, 2013 5:22 PM
    When are people going to stop blaming everything and everyone they can for these atrocities? It's not the fault of guns, it's not the fault of video games, it's not the fault of other violent media. Politicizing these events is awful. Sick people do sick things. All we can try to do is get them the help they desperately need before something bad happens.
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2013 5:32 PM
    I am a gun owner. I have played more than my share of violent games (and still do) and seen a near equal amount of violent movies, Yet, I have not gone on a shooting rampage for the better half of 3 decades. I'm quite sure the issue lies far beyond entertainment mediums although some would like you to believe otherwise.

    Furthermore, a weapon of any sort placed on a table will not hurt anyone. It's the person who eventually picks up the weapon is what makes it potentially dangerous.
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    noobzilla771 , January 11, 2013 5:32 PM
    I've played the original Doom when I was in kinder. Played Counter-Strike since beta around fourth grade. I developed this desire to shoot people and now have a potential to be a mass murderer. NOT. Been to the firing range a couple times and I'm scared as **** to even shoot a handgun.
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    furylicious , January 11, 2013 5:35 PM
    Dude, for real? Now we are going to blame video games for mass shootings? Isn't it ironic that countries that implemented gun bans experienced higher violent crime percentages? Now, you want to attack the video game industry, because somebody's parents didn't do their job? Next thing you know, we'll start banning spoons for making people fat.
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2013 5:37 PM
    What it comes down to is that well adjusted people will not be affected by video game or movie/TV violence, however that can't be said for those that already have a screw loose. The issue is identifying those individuals and finding help for them before they realize, "Hey, no one has a gun here, time for some Deathmatch against some noobs.".
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    jubas , January 11, 2013 5:39 PM
    Alright, so the gaming industry is gonna take the fall.
    Because, you know, ever since violent video games popped up in the market way back in the day, the frequency of violent incidents per year was suddenly boosted by 2000%.

    Go take a friggin' hike.
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    captjack5169 , January 11, 2013 5:40 PM
    I kill people everynight sometime before and after dinner. I have been known to kill NPCs even when didnt have to, just to see what kind of a mess it makes. I have been playing VGs since I was 5 and have seen my fair share of violent movies. I havent once felt the need to shoot up a school. Whats needed here is birth control not gun control. These idiots who have kids and then let the computers, movies and other people raise their kids for them. Im going to keep killing people, less mess on my PC anyway. Im sure my aim is better too. Violence is human nature, teaching someone how to deal with their anger is the key, and thats never going to happen. I mean you can't put any rational to the CT shooting at all. There is no sense in it, but these assholes in washington will try to put a label on it so they can add more laws and piss off the people who pay all the bills for the people who don't
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    robochump , January 11, 2013 5:41 PM
    noobzilla771I've played the original Doom when I was in kinder. Played Counter-Strike since beta around fourth grade. I developed this desire to shoot people and now have a potential to be a mass murderer. NOT. Been to the firing range a couple times and I'm scared as **** to even shoot a handgun.


    Unfortunately there is a link between violent video games and teens that commit gun violence. Gov't needs to promote harsh penalties for parents allowing their kids access to their fire arms. Any parent that is clueless that their kid is stockpiling weapons or showing hostile intentions need to have the book thrown at them.
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    captjack5169 , January 11, 2013 5:43 PM
    NukeThemTilTheyGlowI am a gun owner. I have played more than my share of violent games (and still do) and seen a near equal amount of violent movies, Yet, I have not gone on a shooting rampage for the better half of 3 decades. I'm quite sure the issue lies far beyond entertainment mediums although some would like you to believe otherwise.Furthermore, a weapon of any sort placed on a table will not hurt anyone. It's the person who eventually picks up the weapon is what makes it potentially dangerous.


    Whats really funny is that if assault weapons had not been available he would have used hand guns and if they had not been available he would of used a bomb or an axe or a teaspoon. Guns dont kill people, people kill people.
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    jay_l_a , January 11, 2013 5:49 PM
    robochumpUnfortunately there is a link between violent video games and teens that commit gun violence


    There is a stronger and more demonstrable link between teens that commit gun violence and teens who have access to firearms.

    Video games exist all over the world, yet only in the country that has almost one gun per head of population do these atrocities occur.
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    bak0n , January 11, 2013 5:49 PM
    He should be meeting with rappers not legit gun owners.
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2013 5:51 PM
    Why isn't he meeting with Big Pharma to discuss the dangerous psychotropic drugs prescribed to every one of these mass shooters? Maybe because they are too big of a campaign contributor?
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    ELMO_2006 , January 11, 2013 5:52 PM
    captjack5169I kill people everynight sometime before and after dinner. I have been known to kill NPCs even when didnt have to, just to see what kind of a mess it makes. I have been playing VGs since I was 5 and have seen my fair share of violent movies. I havent once felt the need to shoot up a school. Whats needed here is birth control not gun control. These idiots who have kids and then let the computers, movies and other people raise their kids for them. Im going to keep killing people, less mess on my PC anyway. Im sure my aim is better too. Violence is human nature, teaching someone how to deal with their anger is the key, and thats never going to happen. I mean you can't put any rational to the CT shooting at all. There is no sense in it, but these assholes in washington will try to put a label on it so they can add more laws and piss off the people who pay all the bills for the people who don't


    Seriously, dude, you just categorized your own parents with your comment! Just take a second to read what you just posted!

    As mentioned people kill people. Driving a car while intoxicated is identical to a loaded gun!

    But maybe just maybe there's a link between DUI and video games
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    bigdragon , January 11, 2013 5:52 PM
    It seems to me that the findings of Biden's committee have already been predetermined. They keep talking about banning certain types of weapons and limiting clip sizes. Chatting with the NRA, video game industry, and Hollywood likely will not change their mind. It seems to me that all this is going on for show.

    It'd be nice if we actually looked into why this person was allowed to try to buy guns so many times, was rejected over and over again, but nobody bothered to actually take a hint that something might have been wrong. It'd be nice if we could get the truth about what weapons were left behind in the vehicle and which ones were actually used. It'd be nice if we studied the positive benefits of video games and shooters instead of just focusing on the potential negative impact for a small subset of the population. It'd be nice if we treated individuals like individuals and recognized this was an isolated incident that no one-size-fits-all solution can take care of. It'd be nice if we had an honest discussion about healthcare and mental health rather than ramming through big ideas and industry handouts instead of actually improving the results of patient care.
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    fat_panda , January 11, 2013 5:53 PM
    Violent video games are harmless fiction, unless made reality by guns.
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