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?