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No Easy Answers on Media Violence's Effect on Kids

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Marc Schroeder plays “Gears of War 3” at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Some lawmakers have been quick to blame video games such as the “Grand Theft Auto” and “Gears of War” franchises for glorifying violence.

With the combined lobbying might of the video game, movie and TV industries against them, Rockefeller and his supporters face an uphill climb in his effort to police the airwaves. Their best bet is that new research proves a relationship between long-term exposure to violent media and increased violence in children.

Such research would likely take years, and even then, there is no guarantee it would sway the Supreme Court. Rockefeller and his supporters are aware they are still at the beginning of a lengthy campaign, one that will likely last beyond when he leaves office at the end of the 113th Congress. In the interim, that leaves parents, with the help of the entertainment industry, to police content for themselves, a prospect the senator deems unacceptable.

“Overworked and stressed parents cannot be expected to always prevent their kids from viewing inappropriate content across a variety of devices,” Rockefeller said.

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