Nancy Pelosi Defends Violent Video Games, Cites Low Gun Violence In Japan
The violent video game” debate continues to rage on, unsurprisingly so by the knuckleheads at Fox. However, a new interview between Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader, and Fox News host Chris Wallace finally put things in favor of games within mainstream media.
Huffington Post managed to snag the clip from the Fox News channel because most people with common sense don't watch Fox News anyway. You can check it out below.
I kind of wanted to see how Wallace responded to that. In fact, let me take it one step further and refer you to what Pelosi was referring to: according to the Gun Policy Organization Japan had a mortality rate in direct result of firearms per every 100,000 people combined over the last decade of 0.08 people.
To put that into perspective, more than a decade of gun violence in Japan is barely a fraction of the gun violence in America when looking at just one year, which was sitting pretty at 10.3 persons out of every 100,000 people in 2011 alone. You can even read up more about the numbers over at the National Vital Statistics Reports for 2011.
It's also interesting to note that in 2007 according to UNODC, as reported by the Guardian, the U.K., had an exceptionally small rate of homicides with 0.07 people dying in result of gun violence per every 100,000 people.
Now as you know, it's not like the U.K., gets more-or-less violent games than those of us here Stateside and it's not as if Japan gets fewer (though they definitely get more) violent games than those of us here in America, and yet the stats speak volumes in regards to gun violence. Perhaps, it has a little something-something to do with gun laws and accessibility?
Well, Fox would never admit that gun laws and gun accessibility play a much bigger role in the violence here in America than most people seem to realize.
There's also studies indicating that violent video games can actually work the opposite way of how Fox has been portraying them, with one study from 2009 by Dr Simon Goodson and Sarah Pearson from Huddersfield University for the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference, noting that violent video games actually help relieve you of stress as opposed to some racing games that can actually increase stress. What's that you say, video games can actually relieve tension? Gasp more Republican NRA troglodytes.
Of course, there were other studies conducted that also linked teen aggression to violent video games but failed to disclose home and living conditions, which play a pretty big part in that as well.
I doubt we'll have a politician who actually does proper number crunching on the matter, but it's obvious Fox has an agenda, no matter how uneducated, biased and uninformed they look to the public at large.
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