When the 112th session of the U.S. Congress ended on January 2nd of this year, a bill introduce to study the effects of violent video games on children was dropped. Plans for a new bill by Senator Jay Rockefeller are in the works and could be introduced this month.
The original bill introduced was last year on December 17th, three days after one of the deadliest school shooting in the United States history. The bill calls for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enlist the help of the National Academy of Sciences to study what (if any) effect violent video games have on children such as causing increased aggression or causing cognitive harm on children who are already predisposed to violent behavior.
This will be the eighth time that the FCC has undertaken such a study since the 1999 Columbine shooting and none of the previous studies have shown any correlation between violent video games and violent behavior in children. One could argue that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and somehow expecting different results, but that is for our wonderful readers to decide.