Posted on January 16, 2013, Ross Lincoln President Obama Calls For Pointless Study On Video Game Violence
As expected, President Obama has revealed a list of initiatives intended to get a handle on gun-related violence, though the question of whether any of them will pass remains unknown. In addition to plans for reforms like universal background checks and a new assault weapons ban, Obama has also called for a study of the relationship between video games (and other media), and societal violence.
“Congress will fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds,” President Obama said. The study would be commissioned by the CDC, which has for years been barred by congress from conducting any study whatsoever into the causes of gun violence. (And yes, that does sound incredibly stupid.) Obama’s plan would lift that ban, and naturally we applaud the idea. However, a study on the link between video games and violence, while fair to include, further entrenches the notion that there is a link. As we’ve noted before, such links are dubious at best, particularly when the rates of violence and violent media on a country to country basis are compared.
While I hope for the best, I’m certain what will actually happen is that no matter what the results are, people will still clamor to blame gaming for violence. Prove me wrong, everyone. Please.