US bill to research the impact of violent games is not taken up by Congress, will be reintroduced in next session


Senator Jay Rockefeller, who put the bill forward, plans to submit it again, without alteration, by the end of February.

Rockefeller, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, wanted the National Academy of Sciences to investigate if and how violent video games (and other media) affected children, particularly whether it caused them to behave aggressively or brought about “cognitive harm.” A Democrat from West Virginia, Rockefeller proposed the bill last December in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

Meanwhile, in a separate undertaking, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with game industry representatives as part of his investigation into gun violence.

Speaking at a press event a week after the shooting, which claimed the lives of 26 pupils and students, the NRA’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said that video games should take at least some of the blame for what happened.

Thanks to VG24/7.