Leave it to Sheriff Joe Biden (who resembled Barney Fife when it came to monitoring the Stimulus spending) to use poor metaphors
(The Hill) The vice president downplayed harsh criticism the National Rifle Association has made about the administration’s gun violence task force.
Vice President Biden said Friday that his task force on gun violence recognized there was “no silver bullet” that would solve the problem and downplayed harsh criticism from the National Rifle Association about the administration’s efforts.
“We know that there is no silver bullet,” to stop gun violence, Biden said, ahead of a Friday meeting with video game manufacturers and retailers. He did not elaborate further.
He’s also “shooting for Tuesday” to deliver his panel’s recommendations. Rather violent rhetoric, wouldn’t you say?
Meanwhile, Joe met with some from the video game industry, who aren’t pleased
Ahead of the meeting, industry organizations issued open letters to the vice president warning that attempts to regulate depictions of violence in video games would likely constitute an infringement on First Amendment rights.
“Governments should not be seeking ways to constrain this emerging medium early in its development by scapegoating video games for societal ills,” said Daniel Greenberg, an executive with the International Game Developers Association.
Hollywood wasn’t pleased, either
In the statement, Hollywood trade groups said they “look forward to doing our part to seek meaningful solutions” to prevent gun violence while emphasizing that the industry already imposes ratings systems for consumers.
“The entertainment community appreciates being included in the dialogue around the Administration’s efforts to confront the complex challenge of gun violence in America,” the statement said. “This industry has a longstanding commitment to provide parents the tools necessary to make the right viewing decisions for their families.”
In other words, don’t blame us if we make really violent TV shows and movies which include evil assault weapons that glorify violence, because we have disclaimers and ratings!
Interestingly, as one person in the comments points out, why no meetings with the music industry, especially the Gangsta rappers? Now there’s a sector that truly pushes violence.
And when are we going to do something about our massive hammer violence? More people were killed in 2011 with hammers than rifles.