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Rep. Pelosi defends violent games

House Minority Leader contests idea that media creates real-world violence in Fox News interview

Politicians in the US have been weighing in on violent games for decades, usually to attack them. However, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) this weekend broke from the norm by offering up a defense to violent media during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

The remarks came after interviewer Chris Wallace criticized President Barack Obama's call for more scientific research into the effects of violent media and ties to real-world violence.

"We don't need another study, respectfully," Wallace said. "We know these video games where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV shows... Why don't you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge them, shame them and say, 'Knock it off.'"

Pelosi said as a mother and a grandmother, she understood the concerns about violent media. However, she said, "In Japan for example, they have the most violent games than the rest, and the lowest mortality from guns. I don't know what the explanation is for that, except they may have good gun laws."

The legislator wasn't willing to completely dismiss the possibility of violent games causing real-world violence, but she said researching the issue was one part of a solution that also included stricter gun control laws and improved mental health care.

"I think we have to do it all, and that's why we included in there that we have to take a look at what these games are," Pelosi said. "I don't think we should do anything anecdotally. We have a saying here, 'the plural of anecdote is not data.' So we want to know what is the evidence, what will really make a difference here. And I think it has to be comprehensive."

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Latest comments (6)

Caleb Hale Journalist 8 years ago
The only effective "studies" on video games are the ones parents do in monitoring what their children play. I swear, after government regulation, everyone acts as if there are no safeguards for children. I understand not every child is lucky enough to have a responsible guardian, but if that is the case, is the problem really the video games they play?

Instead of tackling this issue with finesse and common sense, we instead try to build a giant padded room that only serves to annoy and insult the intelligence of rational thinking people, who, despite what the Internet would have you believe, make up the majority of society.
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University8 years ago
A refreshingly sane stance. I can't help but feel that saying this on Fox News, though, is about as effective as talking to a brick wall. I hope I'm wrong, it would be good for a major political figure in America to get this message across to the public.

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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam8 years ago
She's a senior Democrat being interviewed on Fox News, it's the network news equivalent of the Two Minutes Hate. I mean, look at the questions - "we don't need another study .. people have their heads splattered .. why don't you go to your friends in Hollywood".
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Patrick Williams Medicine and Research 8 years ago
Finally we have someone speaking truth to stupid. Not that it will matter, as shown with the ridiculous CNN debacle between Erin Burnett and the psychologist that they figured would support their unfounded, sensationalist claims. Its interesting to see Mrs. Pelosi do this though in the context of how people that used to be part of her party used to judge violent media. The enemy of your enemy is your friend.
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Matthieu Mandeville Technical Game Analyst, Gameloft Montreal8 years ago
You have to look at WHO lobbies Pelosi. A humongous portion of her state's income is from Hollywood, silicon valley and game companies.

Don't take this as an endorsement, follow the money trail.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
Matthieu, that doesn't mean she isn't right or on the right track. By arguing against her (and yes, it's not a legitimate "endorsement"), you're almost making the case for the other side and its "casual" stance that says violent games and films are the MAIN reason people shoot each other up here...

We need a less funded politician (who happens to be a gamer and proud of it) to step up and get the word out. That will help a bit.
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