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Press Release

PTC Applauds Congressman Wolf for Report on Risk Factors Associated with Mass Shootings

Release Date: 2/19/2013

LOS ANGELES (February 19, 2013) – Today, the Parents Television Council applauded Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) for releasing a new report, “Youth Violence: What We Need To Know,” by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that details three major risk factors associated with mass shootings, including exposure to violent media, mental health, and access to guns. (See report)

“On behalf of children and families across the country, we commend Rep. Wolf for keeping the issue of media violence at the forefront by requesting this report. Wolf has long been an advocate for measures that would protect children from violent and sexually explicit media, and we see this report as a positive step towards meaningful change,” said PTC president Tim Winter.

“Nearly every day we are faced with tragic news of lives lost due to real-life violence. A media environment that celebrates – and is saturated with – so much violence contributes to the problem. And once again we are faced with evidence showing a strong correlation between violent media and an child’s increase in aggressive thoughts and behavior, as well as a decrease in empathy for others. If we strive for a less-violent society, then we must address the root causes of our violent culture. The entertainment media’s obsession with graphic violence is one of the root causes.

“Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of violent content in video games, on television, or in films. The problem is compounded by a television content ratings system that is woefully inadequate. The entertainment industry is allowed to assign its own content ratings, leaving parents with a deeply flawed and largely inaccurate system.

“We hope this report will help bring to light the severity of the issue of violent media content and will lead to an overhaul of the current system by which the industry produces, underrates, and then delivers to children a steady stream of media violence on a daily basis. And we hope that the hearings scheduled for spring will bring about an opportunity to enact real change,” concluded Winter.

The Parents Television Council® (®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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