The Entertainment Software Assn. issued a statement describing Vice President Joseph Biden’s meeting today with representatives of the videogame industry, as his task force prepares a list of recommendations on gun violence for President Obama.
The industry statement said that they would work with Biden on “meaningful solutions,” and that should be the focus. But they also pointed out to Biden that research found “no causal connection” between videogames and real-life violence.
The ESA statement said, “The video game industry had a productive and candid conversation with Vice President Biden and his Gun Violence Commission today. We thank the President and Vice President for their leadership, and including in their discussions a diverse array of stakeholders and perspectives. We look forward to working with the Vice President on meaningful solutions to the issue of gun violence.
“We expressed in the meeting that the United States Supreme Court recently affirmed that the independent, scientific research conducted to date has found no causal connection between video games and real-life violence. We also recognized that gun violence is a serious problem in our country. We are saddened by the recent tragic events, and as an industry integral to the social and cultural fabric of America, we look forward to continuing our engagement with government officials and policymakers focused on meaningful solutions.”