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Video game violence eyed after Newtown shooting

10:21 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- The Sandy Hook shootings are drawing new attention to violent video games. Did they influence the gunman? Should they face more controls?

Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia (D) has introduced a bill to investigate the impact of violent video games. The bill would direct the Federal Trade Commission to expand its work in setting ratings. It would also require the National Academy of Sciences to research how kids process the kind of graphic video games we've all seen.

Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut (I) said this week that he suspects a strong connection between violence on the screen and in real life.

"I have heard rumors about this being the case with Adam Lanza in Newtown," he said. "I don't know for sure so I am not saying it as any more than a rumor. Very often these young men have had an almost hypnotic involvement in some form of violence in our entertainment culture - particularly violent video games and then they obtain guns and they go out and become not just troubled young men but mass murderers."

The Entertainment Software Association has issued a statement, asking that any new study take into account years of research that has shown no connection between entertainment and real-life violence.

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