Nancy Pelosi shoots down game violence claims

We've heard U.S. senators from both sides of the party line accuse games of driving gun violence, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dismissed the argument. In an interview with Fox News (video via VentureBeat) Pelosi shot down an interviewer's appeals, saying other countries with violent games have far less gun crimes.

"I understand what you're saying--I'm a mother, I'm a grandmother," Pelosi said. "But they tell me--not Hollywood, but the evidence--says that, in Japan for example, they have the most violent games than the rest and the lowest mortality from guns. I don't know what the explanation is for that except they might have good gun laws."

A Washington Post report which says that countries with greater video game consumption on the whole have less violent crime backs up Pelosi's claims.

Of course, that's more likely because those countries are more affluent and safe for citizens overall than because of some beneficial property. But if elected representatives and news anchors can pretend games are to blame for violence, then we can pretend games will lead us to a utopian society, right?


  • NullG7 - February 12, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    He-he. They think games are made in Hollywood. That's cute.
  • usmovers_02 - February 13, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    They were speaking of all forms of entertainment in general, including movies.
  • NullG7 - February 13, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    Yes but they said games individually. Hell they were talking about it like Hollywood still makes the majority of the media the average American consumes; that to me seems sort of near sited; I mean for instance thousands/hundreds of thousands/over a million Americans visit this site a month, consider the fact that this is a US/UK run site. This is the point I am trying to make.
  • Unoriginal - February 12, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    I don't think games are beneficial nor detrimental to violent crimes. I simply think they are irrelevant in this debate.
  • AqueousBoy - February 12, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    I like how you take an interesting story and end it with a snarky straw man argument. Smooth.
  • Tranquilbez34 - February 11, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    I love how politics blame video games for gun violence when clearly it's the second amendment that is giving shooters ideas that they can whatever the fuck they want with guns. As for Ms Pelosi, she has a point but I don't think saying it on Fox News isn't gonna get that Statement far.
  • 7-D - February 11, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    Because the world was such a lovely place before violent games. The 80s was gun-clap central.. which was around the time people were twiddling around with pacman, centipede and all manor of non-descript stick looking pixels.
  • Nettacki - February 11, 2013 6:38 p.m.

    Is this the same Nancy Pelosi who showed all sorts of utter incompetence when she first reported on pro wrestler Chris Benoit's murder-suicide?
  • C.King - February 11, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    guessing japan's video game violence uses swords and sex, they also would have a higher difficulty of obtaining guns right? one of this country's major rights is its the right to bare arms, it's that where i see the problem, they're an advantage, even though most can obtain one not all will and for that reason odds are 1 dude goes berserk and no one around capable of stopping them before serious damage. guns either need to be a requirement(everyone takes a little responsibility in monitoring/ scare in place each other) or forbidden (seriously incredibly strict gun control only very few allowed to possess if it is their occupation and must go through thorough training and conditioning maybe a pain simulation idk, probably still advantage and abused k no one can use em... odds are neither idea will work).
  • FemJesse - February 11, 2013 6:37 p.m.

    You'll notice that a lot of these tragedies happen in "gun free zones" because the perpetrators know that they will be able to get a few rounds off before the law abiders are able to end them. I'm not saying every teacher should have a gun on them, but maybe we should allow teachers to CCW their own weapons if they have a clean bill of mental health and can pass a course or something. We allow our cops to be armed, teachers are just another civilian extension of the government.
  • Satchurated - February 11, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    And you'll also notice that most of these shootings have been caused by the mentally unstable. How about more gun restriction for them? Hahh?
  • Zeapron - February 12, 2013 2:39 a.m.

    How many shootings have actually been stopped by a civilian with a gun? And if you have a "clean bill of mental health", would you actually be able to end another persons life, and for that matter, cope with it after the adrenaline-rush has ended?
  • Trumpet_Dude - February 12, 2013 4:17 a.m.

    The average number of people killed in mass shootings when stopped by police is 14.29 The average number of people killed in a mass shooting when stopped by a civilian is 2.33 You don't hear about it because its not news when only 2 people die.
  • winner2 - February 11, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure Clinton destroyed this guy in an interview right off the cuff. I can't remember his name, youtube it. That's all I could think about this whole video, trying to remember his name.
  • Tjwoods18 - February 11, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    Japan people are taught to be apart of a collectivist society, one where everyone depends on each other. The American people, by retrospect, are taught to be independent; this is explains the deviation between video game violence and the perpetration of real world violence. As one is raised to be independent they do not find ways to express their feelings in appropriate ways — thinking that to seek help is to demean ones image — but raised collectively, one finds such outlets.
  • merrick-egber - February 11, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    Mass shootings are down in America. You wouldn't know if you watched the news, but mass shootings are down. Thank you for taking the side of those who like to blame inanimate objects for tragedies. You just don't want to say that a solitary person went on a rampage. According to you, there should be hundreds more. Japan also has a different gaming culture than ours. Did you know that New Love Plus was the no.1 biggest selling game in that country sometime ago? Did you know that dating sims are a big deal over there? Sure Call of Duty Black Ops II sold extremely well there, but what also sold very well was Conception, a RPG where you mate with strange women and have babies who fight for you. What's ironic, with the strong emphasis on sex, is that the baby birthrate is low and also that marriages are low. They also take video games more seriously over there, hence being the saviors of the video game crash. They still have a lively arcade industry and have plenty of merchandise celebrating the video games that they've made. They even have two restaurants devoted to the medium. In the end, you are still blaming video games for the violence caused putting it on trial for murder. Any other excuse is just parsing words for your political fantasy.
  • Rub3z - February 12, 2013 12:21 a.m.

    Seriously, what the fuck? What gives you the right, the damn gall to put those kind of words, those accusations along the lines of "In the end, you are still blaming video games for the violence caused putting it on trial for murder" into this guy's mouth? So self-righteous, so vehement you are in your defense of our medium that you just outright demonize him for what he's saying, and then you go as far as to make some futile attempt to shut down any further argument by saying "Any other excuse is just parsing words for your political fantasy." That's just plain pathetic, is what that is. Real damn mature, man. I mean really... "You just don't want to say that a solitary person went on a rampage. According to you, there should be hundreds more." Dude, you're just extrapolating that kind of extremist BS from his quite harmless explanation accounting for the differences in gun violence between the US and Japan. He didn't say anything close to something like that. In all, he's right when he says that our environmental mindset growing up American is far more independently-minded and self-centered than that of the Japanese. You - having taken someone else's totally inoffensive addition to this discussion completely out of context to suit your own point of view - are quite a testament to that. In your own verbage, "just parsing words for your political fantasy." I'm no scientist, but I think that's called projection. Funny, that. Better get it checked out before it starts poking around in too many other people's business. Might take someone's eye out with that, there. Joking aside, you and your inane argument against this lone guy posting on a GAMES WEBSITE, OF ALL PLACES, represent exactly the kind of person who is laughed down and talked off the stage in a newsroom full of those game-hating fear-mongerers. Don't be a part of the problem. Don't get all pissy and defensive. Nobody is taking away our games. Just relax and take it all in stride. It's not worth exerting yourself for the entertainment of people who will endlessly disagree with you. Especially when all the arguing that's being done is on a comments section on a games website. Just calm down.
  • Shinn - February 12, 2013 12:59 a.m.

    I like your allusions to nonexistent statistics and the way you imply (wrongly) that Americans don't play the exact same sexually driven games the Japanese do. Tjwoods is absolutely right about Japanese society, your furious rant barely relates to his/her argument.
  • Satchurated - February 11, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    Damn right! Look at the facts you "concerned" politicians. Oh that's right you're all republicans that don't believe in factual evidence.
  • keltar93 - February 11, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    Then again, Democrat Hillary Clinton used the GTA San Andreas controversy to springboard her own career. Idiocy runs on both sides.

Showing 1-20 of 33 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000