At least one congressional representative isn’t willing to label games as the source of all violence.
Yesterday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended video games against the accusation that they produce violence in society, according to Huffington Post.
On Fox News Sunday, the cable channel’s Sunday-morning interview program, host Chris Wallace laid out Pelosi’s position that the links between violent media and real-world violence require more study.
“We don’t need another study, respectfully,” said Wallace. “We know that these games where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV shows — why don’t you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge — shame them — and say ‘knock it off?'”
Wallace never actually finished his thought about violent video games, so the world may (tragically) never hear what the anchor “knows” about them.
Pelosi responded with a common talking point that gamers use frequently, but it’s not one we’ve heard from many politicians.
“I’m a mother [and] I’m a grandmother,” Pelosi told Wallace to signify that she agrees that violent media is inappropriate for young children. “[But] in Japan for example, they have [as many violent video games as any other country] and the lowest mortality from guns. I don’t know what the explanation is for that, except they might have good gun laws.”
You can see the entire question-and-answer session in the video below:
Pelosi represents California’s 12th district in congress, which comprises 80 percent of San Francisco. That is one of the major gaming cities in the world. Dozens of game developers have their headquarters in the Bay Area, so it’s not a huge surprise that the Democrat would support the industry.
GamesBeat 2014 — VentureBeat’s sixth annual event on disruption in the video game market — is coming up on Sept 15-16 in San Francisco. Purchase your ticket now to save $200!