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Tell Congress That There’s No Link Between Video Games and Real Life Violence

Rep. Joe Baca (D CA-43) seems to be doing a quiet push to get H.R. 231 passed while everyone's focused on the healthcare debaate. This bill, if passed, would require a warning label be affixed to all games rated T or up by the ESRB, regardless of the content descriptors. The warning would read: `WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.'. The ECA needs your help to make sure this bill does not become law. 

Congress is simply misinformed on this issue. The vast majority of studies show that there is no proven causal link between violent media of any type and aggressive behavior. Several studies suggest that playing video games can be helpful to young people, such as this study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Further, the bill requires the label even for games that are not rated T or above for violence, which could confuse parents and undermine the ESRB, which according to the FTC is the most enforced media retail system.  

HR 231 is an unconstitutional restraint on speech that will harm consumers and parents alike. Please join with the ECA, and let your representatives know that you want them to let the industry and parents continue with a system that works, and have Congress stay focused on the real problems facing our nation. 

Simply read the letter below, fill in the form to the right, then click the Send This Message button and your letter will be emailed to your member of Congress.

March 31, 2023


Dear Congressman,

We will add your signature from the information you provide.