Senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced legislation to “study the impact of violent video games on children.” This was followed by NRA head Wayne LaPierre blaming – in part – video games as a factor in recent school shootings.

Michael Brown wrote on Townhall that these are important steps to take, asking if those who deny the link between video games and violence – including the game companies themselves – are in denial.

It’s a common complaint and, as a fairly avid gamer myself, one that makes me sigh with frustration and want to dismiss it out of hand. But it shouldn’t be so easy.

Buzzfeed’s John Herman wrote in the wake of the Newtown shootings about how realistic and, often, stomach-churning some video game violence has become.