The violent video game debate is arguably the most talked about issue in politics at the moment, and this time it’s Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander who has something to say.
In a recent interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Senator Alexander was asked about his opinion on gun control and “supporting the universal background checks.” Alexander stated “I’m going to wait and see on all these bills… I think video games is a bigger problem than guns because video games affect people.” He continues by saying that the first amendment limits what can be done about video games, while the second amendment protects the right to own guns.
Senator Alexander is certainly not the first politician to express their opinion against video games, but it is clear that his choice has already been made when it comes to voting on the upcoming gun control bills. Later in this interview, he states: “I’m going to be skeptical of any of these proposals and examine them in light of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.”
The subject of violence in video games and films has been brought up several times lately following the Newtown, Connecticut incident that occurred in December of last year. The debate has become almost as talked about as new gun control methods, leading Vice President Joe Biden to organize a meeting with video game executives in order to properly understand the issue. President Obama has also asked that the subject be properly researched, but both of their efforts have met with much criticism.
As always, we want to know what our readers opinions on the subject is. Is this another attempt at censorship of media? Is this any different from criticism of music or movies playing a part in violence? Or this just another politician with an agenda blowing smoke? Let us know in the comment section below.