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The Entertainment Software Assn., which represents
videogame firms, reacted to President Obama’s call for a study of the impact of
videogame violence on youth by reiterating that scientific and crime data shows
that “entertainment does not cause violence behavior in the real world.”

The videogame industry has been singled out by lawmakers,
and Vice President Joseph Biden scheduled a separate meeting with company reps
last week from one he held with reps for movie and TV.

Nevertheless, in its statement, cited studies of the
impact of violence in  entertainment in
general. It also noted that other countries watch the same content, yet the gun
violence is “unique to our country.”

Their full statement: “ESA appreciates President Obama‟s and Vice President Biden‟s leadership and the thoughtful,
comprehensive process of the White House Gun Violence Commission. We concur
with President Obama‟s call today
for all Americans to do their part, and agree with the report‟s conclusion that ‘the entertainment and
video game industries have a responsibility to give parents tools and
choices about the movies and programs their children watch and the games their
children play.

“The same entertainment is enjoyed across all cultures
and nations, but tragic levels of gun violence remain unique to our country.
Scientific research and international and domestic crime data all point toward
the same conclusion: entertainment does not cause violent behavior in the real
world.

“We will embrace a constructive role in the important
national dialogue around gun violence in the United States, and continue to
collaborate with the Administration and Congress as they examine the facts that
inform meaningful solutions.”