Video Games Haven't Been Singled Out in Violence Debate, VP Biden Says

The U.S. Vice President says lots of factors can affect violent behavior

By on January 14th, 2013 10:34 GMT

The Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden, has made a public statement concerning his recent meeting with representatives of the video games industry and emphasized that games haven't been singled out in the ongoing debate over violence and what determines it.

Ever since the tragedy that occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the ongoing gun violence debate has gotten much bigger.

As always with these kinds of incidents, video games have once again been blamed, as the shooter was apparently fond of franchises like Call of Duty or Dynasty Warriors.

In an effort to further explore this debate, Vice President Joseph Biden met last week with representatives of the video games industry, including members of its own lobby group – the Entertainment Software Association.

In a recent video posted on the White House's official YouTube channel, VP Biden makes a statement about the ongoing debate and emphasizes that there's no simple solution to ending gun violence.

"We know that there's no silver bullet, no seat belt you can put on to assure that we will not be in this circumstance again, but I ask the cabinet to come together - the attorney general, Homeland Security, Department of Education, Health and Human Services, etc. - because we know this is a complex problem," the Vice President said.

"We know there is no single answer and quite frankly we don't even know whether some of the things people think impact on [gun violence] actually impact on it or not."

Biden then made a statement to Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, saying that video games aren't considered as the single cause of gun violence.

"I want you to know you have not been 'singled out' for help, but we've asked a whole lot of people," Biden told Riccitiello.

The Vice President has also been in discussions with members from the National Rifle Association and various other groups that have voiced their concerns regarding gun violence in the United States.

Check out a video of his meeting with the video game industry representatives below.

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