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Biden seeks video game industry to help reduce gun violence


WASHINGTON D.C. (WXOW) - Different people have different explanations for the explosion of gun violence in American culture.

Some put the blame on violent video games.

Vice President Biden met with members of the video game industry Friday as part of a string of White House meetings to find solutions to gun violence.

"We know that it is - there is no silver bullet. There is no as, one of my friends said, no seatbelt that you can put on to assure that you will not be in this circumstance again," Biden said Friday.

However, there's not much information on the success of Friday's meeting.

Biden is leading a task force committee, looking for ways to reduce gun violence after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The video game discussion comes one day after the national rifle association resisted President Barack Obama's plan to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines and place bans on assault weapons.

"We know this is a complex problem," Biden said. "We know there is no single answer and quite frankly we don't even know whether some of the things people think impact on this actually impact on it or not."

The International Game Developers Association and the Entertainment Consumers Association sent letters to Biden, asking him not to blame violence on video games.

Dr. Erin Millard, a Gundersen Lutheran psychologist, said published research shows no correlation between gun violence and video games, unless a child is actively aggressive.

"The only research that's out there about if video games cause violence is that if a child is already acting aggressively, and then they are exposed to aggressive games, then that aggression increases," Millard said.

Guidelines for video games are like movies, Millard added. Among some of the ratings: everyone, teen and mature.

Most of the popular war games have a mature rating.

The Vice President said he will report all his findings and recommendations to the President Tuesday.

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