Vice President Joe Biden and his gun violence task force brought a week of meetings to a close today by sitting down with representatives from the video game industry. Representatives of the NRA, who attended yesterday’s meeting, called the experience “disappointing” and accused the White House of simply “checking a box” by meeting with them. Gamers are no more thrilled to be associated with the Sandy Hook shootings than law-abiding gun owners were, and they seem to have just about as much confidence in Biden’s ability to prevent future violence. That box had to be checked too, though.
Not a lot to say, you say? How about when Biden told game industry executives, “We’re anxious to see if there’s anything you can suggest to us that you think would help, as this president said, diminish the possibility of … if we save even one kid’s life.”
That’s not the only thing Biden doesn’t know. “We don’t even know whether some of things people think impact on this actually impact on this or not,” he said to Electronic Arts head John Riccitiello, inspiring confidence in absolutely no one. Biden and his task force have the weekend to figure something out, as he’s announced he’s “shooting for Tuesday” to deliver the task force’s recommendations.