An extensive and exclusive report over on Polygon reveals that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are getting closer to pursuing the Obama Administration edict to study the correlation between violent media (music, movies, television and video games) and gun violence. The President called for more research in January of this year in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Sources close to the situation have told Polygon that the agency is in the midst of reviewing a new report and research questions created by the Institute of Medicine. Part of that report calls for focusing on firearm violence as an outcome to consuming violent media. Should the research be approved for funding by the Congress, it would take three to five years to conduct.
The "Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence" report acknowledges that there is plenty of research on the effects of violent media but none that ties gun violence into the equation. The proposed agenda being reviewed would break down the research into multiple categories including tracking gun violence, identifying risk factors, firearm violence prevention, examining new gun safety technology, and the influence of video games and other media. Oddly enough, the report does not call on an examination of mental health issues related to gun violence.
"In more than 50 years of research, no study has focused on firearm violence as a specific outcome of violence in media," notes the report. "As a result, a direct relationship between violence in media and real-life firearm violence has not been established and will require additional research."
You can read Polygon's full report here.