Study: Media Violence Contributes To Real ViolenceMajority Say Stricter Gun Laws Would Not Make Them Feel Safer 3/04/2013 11:48 AM Eastern
According to a Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll, the "vast majority agree violent games and films contribute to violence in society," while most belive stricter gun laws would not make most people feel safer.
According to the poll, 80% of respondents said they believed depictions of violence in popular culture--some "movies and video games"--contributes to violence in society. Of those, 45% said it contributed a lot, while another 35% said it contributed "some."
Only 6% of said they thought it did not contribute to real world violence.
Women were much more likely to say entertainment violence contributed a lot (55%) than were men (35%).
President Obama has directed new studies on the correlation, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), chair of the Senate Commerce Committee has introduced legislation to conduct even more studies, and has made the issue a priority in his committee for this Congress.
As to stricter gun laws, 65% said that either they would make no difference (45%) or actually make them feel less safe (20%), according to the study.
The study was conducted Jan. 24-27. It was a random poll of 1,052 adults nationwide. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 points.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook schools shootings, the entertainment industry, through the major trade groups, has volunteered to be part of the conversation about the impact of entertainment violence on real violence.