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Creators of violent video games are 'electronic child molesters,' says Ralph Nader

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

President Obama's package of proposals to combat gun violence doesn't go far enough in protecting children and families from creators of violent entertainment such as television and video games, Ralph Nader told Politico this past weekend.

Nader, a five-time presidential candidate who has run as an independent and a member of the Green Party, criticized Obama for what he views as broken promises and a lack of progress during the president's first term in office. He also called out Obama's anti-gun-violence package, which the president unveiled last week, because it doesn't put a sharp focus on what Nader believes is a serious issue: the level of violence in entertainment.

"We are in the peak of [violence in entertainment]. Television program violence? Unbelievable. Video game violence? Unprecedented," said Nader.

According to Nader, the government's plan needs to include provisions that would alert parents to the dangers of violent media so they can "protect their children family by family from these kinds of electronic child molesters."

One of the 23 parts of President Obama's $500 million plan directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore ways to prevent gun violence, including by studying the possible link between "video games, media images and violence." The president also called out video games during the press briefing in which he announced the plan.

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