Obama distanced himself from calls to stigmatize violence in movies and video games. That stigmatization is strongly opposed by his donors and allies in Hollywood and the video game industry.
Instead, he urged Congress to fund studies into the impact of video violence. However, his administration includes several research agencies that have the money and authority to launch such research without permission from Congress.
Obama’s message was repeatedly wrapped in an emotional pitch that compared Democrats’ heartfelt support for innocent children.
“We have to examine ourselves and our hearts,” Obama said while describing his government-centered proposals.
He suggested that the government should adopt an uncompromising agenda, saying “if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this senseless violence, if there even one life that can be saved, we have an obligation to try.”
In contrast, he dismissed the people who oppose his and Biden’s proposals as selfish and conspiratorial.
“There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty — not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves,” he claimed. “Behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever.”
The public should ask legislators opposed to his proposals, he said, “Ask them what’s more important — doing whatever it takes to get a A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns, or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade?”
“I’ve no illusions about what we up against … but I’ve also never seen the nation’s conscience so shaken,” Biden claimed. “The world has changed.”