Okay, so the state won’t let Philadelphia regulate its own handgun laws, so we can’t attempt to stem the homicide problem with that. Doing something to help the social issues involved in homicides would take too much work, so that’s out. What’s left?
Duh: We’re going to study video games.
“Philadelphia alone has seen 204 homicides so far this year. Violent video games may or may not be a contributing factor, but we will never know unless this issue is seriously studied,” said Rep. Ronald Waters, D-Philadelphia.
Waters believes that studies suggesting that “the violent images in these games can have a long-term effect on children” might benefit the way the city approaches crime in addition to helping parents decide what games are appropriate for their children.
“Children can’t always understand the difference between the video game world and the real world, and there’s no telling what impact this exposure to violence will have on them later in life,” he said.
This might help: Just yesterday I was hit by a giant turtle shell some kid kicked at me.
State Puts Video Games In Crosshairs [The Bulletin]