Joe Biden is meeting with games-industry representatives today to hear their opinions and suggestions about real-world violence. This is in reaction to several recent mass shootings by relatively young people, some of which played video games.
In response to these tragedies, President Obama said today he will seek to pass a ban on assault weapons.
Scientific studies struggle to link games to violence, so it’s unlikely that Biden will find the answers he’s looking for among the people that make Halo and Call of Duty.
The majority of Biden’s sit-down with the games industry took place behind closed doors, but the Vice President let the press in so he could make a statement:
“We know that there’s no silver bullet,” said Biden. “But I ask the Cabinet to come together, the Attorney General, Homeland Security, Department of Education, Health and Human Services, because we know this is a complex problem. We know there is no single answer.”
Biden then put his hand on the shoulder Electronic Arts chief executive officer John Riccitello and told him that the White House isn’t singling out the games industry.
“Frankly, we don’t even know if some of things people think impact [violence] actually impact it,” said Biden. This a reference to the public outcry against violent video games that isn’t substantiated by any conclusive scientific research.
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