Biden: Government to Study ‘Violent Video Games’ Impact on Youth Behavior

By Fred Lucas | February 22, 2013 | 11:08 AM EST

Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at a gun violence conference in Danbury, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

( – Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the federal government will investigate the possible impact of video games on violent behavior, adding that the NRA does not want studies of the cause of gun violence.

“Why do you think the NRA doesn't want us being able to study these issues?” Biden said on the campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn. “Ladies and gentlemen, this includes getting serious studies done on what effect, if any, violent video games and media have on childhood development and behavior. We don't have any hard studies. We can't make a judgment, and there may be none, but in an informed society, we shouldn't be afraid of the facts.”

Danbury is near Newtown, Conn., where a gunman murdered 20 young children and six adults at an elementary school. The shooter, Adam Lanza reportedly played violent video games.

Last month, President Barack Obama took executive action calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the cause of gun violence. This would include the possible impact of media.