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Nancy Pelosi defends video games, media on Fox News


When speaking with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended video games against Wallace’s accusations about violent media.

Wallace asked Pelosi if she would ask her “friends in Hollywood” to “knock it off.”

“As part of your plan, you call for more scientific research on the connection between popular culture and violence. We don’t need another study, respectfully,” said Wallace. “I mean, we know that these video games, where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV shows — why don’t you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge them? Shame them, and say, ‘Knock it off?'”

In the wake of the December 14th shootings in Newtown, CT, House Democrats are proposing scientific research into the connection “between popular culture and gun violence” through the use of federal funds. Pelosi returned Wallace’s comments, saying that his accusations could be incorrect.

“I understand what you are saying,” Pelosi said. “I’m a mother, I’m a grandmother. But, they — not Hollywood, but the evidence — says that, in Japan, for example, they have the most violent games and the lowest death — mortality — from guns. I don’t know what the explanation is for that except they may have good gun laws.”

The longtime ‘violence in video games and its relation to real-world violence’ became a popular topic once again after National Rifle Association CEO and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre attributed partial blame of the Newtown tragedy to video games and other media in December.

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You can watch the full interview between Wallace and Pelosi here.

Via Huffington Post

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