WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rebuffed legislation on violent Hollywood movies and video games, instead saying that gun laws are the largest proven culprit of America’s violent crimes.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, Pelosi, D-Calif., said that more research is needed to connect popular culture to violent crimes. She stated that evidence from Japan showed the lowest mortality from guns despite having a culture with the most violent video games and entertainment industry.
Pelosi continued saying, “I don’t know what the explanation is for that, but they might have good gun laws.”
Wallace pushed the California Democrat on her powerful connection to the entertainment industry.
“We don’t need another study, respectfully,” said Wallace. “We know that these video games where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV shows. Why don’t you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge them – shame them – and say ‘knock it off?’”
Pelosi responded that the bigger picture is legislation stopping any further sales of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition weapons. “What is the justification for an assault weapon?” she asked.
Pelosi presumably fumbled her words as she went on to say that Democrats “avow the First Amendment” and believe Americans have a right to arm themselves (instead of noting the Second Amendment’s protection of gun ownership).
Later in the interview, Pelosi discussed the “false argument” that the government spends too much money.
“It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address.” But Wallace replied throughout: “The bottom line, Congresswoman, is you can’t raise taxes enough to solve the deficit problem.”