I think many parents do a poor job of enforcing the ratings on video games as well as movies. However, it’s not realistic to expect everyone to switch over to playing “Hello Kitty” online.
As scrutiny of the Newtown, Conn., massacre continued on
Capitol Hill Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers pointed fingers at another
culprit in addition to the nation’s gun laws: Violent video games.
Reports that school shooter Adam Lanza played such video games as
“Call of Duty” and “Starcraft” led some members of Congress to call for
more scrutiny of an entertainment culture they say glorifies violence,
as one prominent gamer called for a national day of “ceasefire” for
those who play online shooting games.“I think we need to do everything possible we can to
prevent such tragedies, including addressing the culture of violence
that may be spawned by video games,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
told POLITICO Tuesday.
From the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Joe Lieberman
(I-Conn.), meanwhile, called for a national commission on violence that
looks not only at gun laws but the entertainment industry to examine the
underlying reasons behind shootings such as those in Newtown.
“Everything has to be on the table, including our gun laws, but a
commission also needs to examine the effect the entertainment industry
has on our culture,” Lieberman said. [...]
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