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As scrutiny of the Newtown, Conn., massacre continued on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers pointed fingers at another culprit in addition to the nation’s gun laws: Violent video games.
Reports that school shooter Adam Lanza played such video games as “Call of Duty” and “Starcraft” led some members of Congress to call for more scrutiny of an entertainment culture they say glorifies violence, as one prominent gamer called for a national day of “ceasefire” for those who play online shooting games.
“I think we need to do everything possible we can to prevent such tragedies, including addressing the culture of violence that may be spawned by video games,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told POLITICO Tuesday.
From the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), meanwhile, called for a national commission on violence that looks not only at gun laws but the entertainment industry to examine the underlying reasons behind shootings such as those in Newtown.
“Everything has to be on the table, including our gun laws, but a commission also needs to examine the effect the entertainment industry has on our culture,” Lieberman said. [...]
Lawmakers have repeatedly sought to temper violence in media after such tragedies. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said in a statement that “violent images have a negative impact on our children’s well-being. … While we don’t know if such images impacted the killer in Newtown, the issue of violent content is serious and must be addressed.”
Even David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s political consultant, spoke up about the matter.
“[S]houldn’t we also quit marketing murder as a game?” Axelrod tweeted on Sunday, apparently disturbed by an “ad for shoot ‘em up video game.”