Displaying a willingness to work together to find solutions to the rampant gun violence in the United States, representatives from the entertainment industry and the video game industry met with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House yesterday and today.
In attendance on Thursday were representatives from Comcast Corporation, Directors Guild of America, Independent Film and Television Alliance, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Theater Owners, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. Late last night, the groups issued a joint statement that read, "The entertainment community appreciates being included in the dialogue around the Administration's efforts to confront the complex challenge of gun violence in America. This industry has a longstanding commitment to provide parents the tools necessary to make the right viewing decisions for their families. We welcome the opportunity to share that history and look forward to doing our part to seek meaningful solutions."
Daniel Greenberg, chairman of the International Game Developers Association's Anti-Censorship and Social Issues Committee, posted an open letter to Biden on the IGDA website in advance of the Vice President's session with the video game industry on Friday. "Unlike some industry groups, the IGDA does not seek to impede more scientific study about our members' products," he wrote. "We welcome more evidence-based research into the effects of our work to add to the large body of existing scientific literature that clearly shows no causal link between video game violence and real violence."
Meanwhile on Thursday, the National Rifle Association vowed to do everything within its power to thwart any new gun laws proposed by the administration. As head of the White House Task Force on Gun Violence, Biden is exploring potential cultural factors that may contribute to violent behavior and will present his findings and recommendations to President Barack Obama on Tuesday.