It seems both sides of the debate over who's responsible for the Sandy Hook tragedy have been put on notice - after the games industry's recent meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden, he suggested it improve its image. While that may indicate he doesn't view games too favourably, according to the NRA he also has gun control in his sights.
As the result of meetings with both sides of the issue, Joe Biden advised Barack Obama, and it has been revealed that the President wants to fund a study on the effects of violence and video games on "young minds". In response to the possibility of such a study, IGDA spokesperson Daniel Greenberg has repeatedly appeared in the media stating the games industry welcomes such a study to add to the evidence showing there is no causal link between video games and violent behaviour.
On the other side of the coin, President Obama has a "baby-steps" gun control plan - and from the looks of things, the NRA feels just as slighted as the games industry.
Browsing the NRA website is an interesting experience. Articles call out anti-gun journalists, ask for armed guards at schools, and condemn the publication of gun owners' locations. But on Wayne Lapierre's commentary section of the site, he revealed in a statement dated 10/01/2013 the NRA's dissatisfaction with the result of their meeting with Biden:
We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be "prejudged," this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not.