As the Senate inches closer to considering a bipartisan proposal to expand gun background checks, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is offering to add his bill on the study of media violence as an amendment.
Here's some new data sure to stir the debate over the impacts of media and entertainment violence on children.
Fulfilling a promise made to Vice President Joe Biden that they would be part of the solution to curb gun violence, the television and film industries on Wednesday launched a multimedia campaign to inform parents of the tools they can use to manage what children see on TV and in the movies.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) reintroduced his bill to study the impact of violent video games and programming on kids. But this time, the bill comes with the firepower of four co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, including Sens.
The culture of media violence was only obliquely referenced in President Obama's sweeping plan to reduce what he called an epidemic of gun violence in the wake of the tragedy at Newtown.
ABC could have had better timing. On the same night the entertainment industry was meeting with VP Joe Biden to discuss media violence, the network aired an episode of Scandal that included a graphic, three-minute torture scene.
Other than lots of talk about the "culture of media violence," Washington, for the most part, seems to be focusing on tougher gun laws and not on new laws to restrict violent media and video games.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) may be retiring, but he’s going to go out with a bang. In his formal announcement speech today, the high-ranking Democrat signaled that he intends to “keep up this intensity” until he exits the Senate in 2014. Several times he referred to a “no holds barred approach.”