Biden meeting with game industry

White House says vice president will meet with reps of gun and game industries on policy changes to curb gun violence

US Vice President Joe Biden will meet with representatives of the gaming industry this week to discuss ways to prevent tragedies like last month's Newtown school shooting, a White House spokesman told Reuters.

Days after the shooting, the vice president was tasked by President Barack Obama with creating a variety of proposals to prevent gun violence and "pull together real reforms right now." Biden is expected to suggest policy changes later this month, and is meeting with several groups this week as he puts those plans together.

In addition to the game industry, the vice president will be meeting with other entertainment industry representatives, the National Rifle Association, victims of gun violence, and other groups with interests in firearms. At least one of those groups, the NRA, has already made its stance publicly known.

In a press conference a week after the Newtown shooting, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre dismissed proposals for stricter gun laws, instead calling for an armed guard in every school. He also pointed to mental health and violent games as other areas legislators should look at, calling gaming "a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against own people."

Guns and games aren't the only things under scrutiny in this process. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will hold meetings tackling the issue from a mental health angle, while Education Secretary Arne Duncan will discuss the issue with parent and teacher groups.

Whatever Biden's recommendations are, the president has directed Congress to vote on the resulting measures by the end of this year.

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Latest comments (14)

my simplistic answer to all of this is - NO armed weapons for everyone. ban all weapons for armed forces civilians and burn it all with the nukes. Lets go back to melee weapons...
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Andrew Animator 5 years ago
Do we as an industry get a say in who represents us on such an important topic?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew on 9th January 2013 6:37pm

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James Brightman Editor, North America, GamesIndustry.biz5 years ago
@ Alex, in the US it's probably the ESA
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Pier Castonguay Programmer 5 years ago
Why don't they also meet with the movie industry or the book industry or the music industry? Why games in particular?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago
^Easier target.
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James Brightman Editor, North America, GamesIndustry.biz5 years ago
@Pier, Biden is meeting with other entertainment industries, not just games
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T. Elliot Cannon Game Designer 5 years ago
Maybe the game Industry writers can poke around so find out who these "representatives of the gaming industry" might be because there aren't any official ones.
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James Brightman Editor, North America, GamesIndustry.biz5 years ago
@T.Elliot, we've reached out to EMA and ESA to see if they are the ones speaking with Biden. No response yet. We'll be sure to update when/if we hear back.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 5 years ago
I'm trying to realistically figure out what kind of policy changes they could make to the already existing and very informative ratings system we already have.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Here's a hoot for you (and another reason there's less focus on violent movies all of a sudden):
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But it also makes BIden look good, as if he has taken time to discuss the issues with industry leaders, but in reality, planned outcomes have already decided....its just, was it plan A or Plan A.5
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Matthieu Mandeville Technical Game Analyst, Gameloft Montreal5 years ago
We would all benefit from watching this:
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Al Nelson Producer, Tripwire Interactive5 years ago
I only hope that they focus on what will work, not an emotional reaction. For instance, did you know assault rifles kill half as many people as fists and feet, in the US, according to the FBI? Or that more than half of the gun deaths in the US are suicides? Or that the place with the fewest guns per capita (DC) has the highest rate of violent crime while the 5 states with the most firearms have the lowest rates?

That may sound biased and I do make FPS games, but I am a progressive, politically. Again, I hope they focus on results, not hoopla, maybe a psych test prior to buying any firearm, mandatory safe storage and similar ideas.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
@Al - agreed, but here's a sort of important question:

Should CURRENT gun owners be required to take that psych test as well in addition to having a mandatory safe storage spot for their arms and so forth and so on? I'd imagine if this is going to be a fair debate, that has to come into the picture at some point. Sadly, some in the NRA seem to be wanting to draw more attention to the mentally ill as part of the problem when not all people who are afflicted are violent or prone to violence.

I'd imagine that it's hard to get results that will please everyone in the end, but letting politicians and pundits control the debate and results of that debate is just going to end up not making anyone happy with the results...
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