News U.S. House Minority Leader Cites Japan's Low Gun Violence in Game Debate
posted on 2013-02-10 23:54 EST
U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Democrat from California) argued that violent video games were not to blame for the recent mass shootings in the United States in an interview with Fox News on Sunday. During the interview, host Chris Wallace asserted that federal dollars are not needed for further scientific research on the relationship between popular culture and violence.
"We know that these video games where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV shows — why don't you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge them, shame them, and say, 'Knock it off,'" Wallace asked.
"I understand what you're saying, I'm a mother, I'm a grandmother, but they tell me — not Hollywood, but the evidence — says that in Japan, for example, well they have the most violent games than the rest and the lowest mortality from guns," Pelosi replied.
Washington Post's Max Fisher recently examined data relating to video game violence and gun deaths and found that "countries where video games are popular also tend to be some of the world's safest (probably because these countries are stable and developed, not because they have video games)."