Obama orders CDC to study violence in video games

Justin Olivetti
J. Olivetti|01.16.13

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Obama orders CDC to study violence in video games
Obama orders CDC to study violent video games
While violence in video games and the effect upon its participants wasn't at the crux of today's gun control press conference, President Obama did mention that he is sending the Center for Disease Control after the industry to root out a possible cause of gun violence.

One of Obama's 23 executive orders was to "Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence." Among these potential causes are movies, television, and video games.

The President defended the order by saying, "We don't benefit from ignorance. We don't benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence. Congress should fund research into the effects violent video games have on young minds."

Vice President Joe Biden previously met with several video game industry leaders as part of the task force to make recommendations on the issue.

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