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Friday, 11 January 2013 11:00

Biden seeks game industry input on gun violence

Written by Peter Scott



Don’t worry, DC has it covered


In another futile attempt to curb gun violence in the Land of the Free, US Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas. That will give you an idea of how much crap the government has on the shelf.

Biden will meet with gaming industry representatives on Friday, as he explores cultural factors that supposedly contribute to violent behavior. Biden already met with other entertainment industry representatives earlier this week and he is expected to present his recommendations to President Barack Obama next week.

Although many techies and gamers tend to get offended by the notion that games somehow cause people to go off the deep end and commit heinous crimes, it’s understandable that everything is on the table.

However, everything is not on the table.

On Friday the National Rifle Association rejected a proposal to limit the availability of high-capacity magazines and assault rifle, hence it is very unlikely that the current administration will be able to muster enough support for its plans.

But it’s nice to see both sides of the political spectrum in agreement on at least one issue, as both parties seem to believe that video games contribute to gun violence. When people call for more bipartisanship in US politics, this is probably not what they have in mind.

Peter Scott

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