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Violent tendencies

"Violent tendencies" Continued...

Issue: "Unstoppable?," April 20, 2013

Following the Biden meeting, the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA), a lobbyist group for home video and video game retailers, sent a letter to the vice president’s office touting their own efforts to abide by ratings regulations and cautioning against further federal investigations into links between violent entertainment and real-life violent behavior.

“Make no mistake: blaming movies and video games is an attempt to distract the attention of the public and the media from meaningful action that will keep our children safer,” said the EMA. The letter later stated, “In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, we have seen proposals put forth to authorize studies of the impact of violent entertainment on minors … we would recommend that, prior to another review of this topic, the federal government take stock of its existing studies and determine what new knowledge could be generated.”

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Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Memphis, Tenn.. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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