Biden: Gamemakers not focus of gun policy [Virginian - Pilot]
(Virginian - Pilot Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) By Melanie Mason
Tribune Washington Bureau
Vice President Joe Biden culminated a week of meetings on gun policy Friday, telling representatives of the video game industry that "there's no silver bullet" when it comes to confronting gun violence.
"We know this is a complex problem," he added, emphasizing the diversity of groups he has consulted since the initiative began in late December, including law enforcement, medical groups, hunters and gun owners, and the entertainment industry. That range, he said, proves that the video game industry has not been not been singled out.
"I come to this meeting with no judgment. You all know the judgment other people have made," Biden told the meeting's attendees, who included executives from major video game producers such as Electronic Arts and the Entertainment Software Association.
He asked whether there has been a "coarsening of our culture," but added, "I do not know the answer to that question."
Following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 young students and six school staffers were killed, some advocates called for an examination of whether violent movies and video games contribute to carnage.
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, has lambasted the game industry as "a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people through vicious, violent video games."
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