Democrats want scientific research on ‘relationship between popular culture and gun violence’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

House Democrats on Thursday proposed spending federal dollars on “scientific research” to look at the “relationship between popular culture and gun violence” as part of the gun control package they plan to push.

Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats unveiled the package during a press conference at the House Democratic retreat in Leesburg, Va.

The intersection of popular culture and gun crimes should be studied in an effort to address “our culture’s glorification of violence seen and heard though our movie screens, television shows, music and video games,” according to a news release from the Democrats.

“Congress should fund scientific research on the relationship between popular culture and gun violence, while ensuring that parents have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about what their families watch, listen to, and play,” the release stated.

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