In a sneaky move to get his misguided legislation passed easier, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) has offered his media violence research bill (a study related to the effects of violent video games and movies on children in America) as an amendment to gun-control legislation currently before the Senate, according to a committee spokesperson speaking to Broadcasting Cable (thanks to BearDogg-X for the tip). The amendment is the same as the standalone bill Rockefeller introduced in January in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Rockefeller's bill, the Violent Content Research Act of 2013, calls for the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a comprehensive study of whether violent video games, television, and movies has any harmful effects on kids, including causing them to be aggressive or causing already aggressive kids to be even more aggressive.
Rockefeller's bill also hopes to determine if video games have a unique impact due to their interactive nature and "the extraordinarily personal and vivid way violence might be portrayed in such video games."
If debate is allowed on the gun control bill, Rockefeller's amendment would be subject to an up or down vote.
Source: Broadcasting Cable