Report: ESA President to Meet With Biden's Task Force on Gun Violence Today

January 11, 2013 -

Update: Polygon is reporting that the meeting between the ESA President Michael Gallagher and Joe Biden's task for on gun violence also reportedly included executives from many major publishers, researchers, and the nation's biggest video game retailer.

The meeting that took place at around 2:30 p.m. ET included the Entertainment Software Association, Entertainment Software Ratings Board, Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, E-Line Media, Epic Games, GameStop, Take-Two Interactive and ZeniMax Media. The group also included several researchers from Texas A&M International, UW at Madison and a representative from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Details on the discussion - which was attended by Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius - were not revealed.

Original Story: Polygon confirms that Entertainment Software Association (ESA) President Michael Gallagher will meet with Joe Biden's task force on gun violence on Friday, along with unnamed scholars who will present data on the correlation (or the lack thereof depending on the research) between real-world violence and violence in media.

The ESA has been pretty quiet on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, while other organizations like the IGDA, EMA, and ECA have issued statements and sent letters to the Vice-President on the matter. What Gallagher will talk to the Vice-President or his representatives about remains a mystery, and the White House has indicated that President Barack Obama will probably not be in attendance when the ESA and other parties visit today.

"I don't anticipate that he will be dropping by any meetings," White House press secretary Jay Carney said when asked if the President would be in attendance. "Of course, that could change if he so decides. He obviously has conversations separate from the meetings that the Vice President is leading, and talks about these issues and many others when he has those conversations."

Following a meeting with Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, NRA officials said they were disappointed with "how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment."

Source: Polygon


 
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