Vice President Joe Biden culminated a week of meetings on gun policy Friday, telling representatives of the video game industry that “there’s no silver bullet” when it comes to confronting gun violence.
“We know this is a complex problem,” he said, emphasizing the diversity of groups he has consulted since the initiative began in late December, including law enforcement, medical groups, hunters and gun owners and the entertainment industry. That range, he said, proved that the video game industry has not been not been singled out.
“I come to this meeting with no judgment. You all know the judgment other people have made,” Biden told those at the meeting, who included executives from major video game producers such as Electronic Arts and the Entertainment Software Assn. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also attended.
Biden asked whether there has been a “coarsening of our culture,” but added, “I do not know the answer to that question.”
After the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 elementary students and six school staff members were killed, some advocates called for an examination of how violence in movies and video games might contribute to carnage. On Friday, Massachusetts authorities pulled violent video games from rest stops across the state.