We asked you if you thought violence in games needed to be “nerfed” in wake of the Connecticut school shootings, a sad occurrence that took the life of 26 innocent people, 20 of them being children. Now, West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller (D) has introduced a bill to congress that would ask the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study the effects violent video games can have on children.
Rockefeller singled out the games industry, saying it had a responsibility to protect children from violent videogames:
Major corporations, including the video game industry, make billions on marketing and selling violent content to children. They have a responsibility to protect our children. If they do not, you can count on the Congress to take a more aggressive role.
If the bill is passed, NAS would conduct a “comprehensive study and investigation” of the possible links between violent video games and violent behavior in children. It would try to determine if such media causes children to act more aggressively or negatively affect their general well-being.