An amendment was defeated in the Senate Wednesday that would
have created a commission to study the causes of mass violence, including media
The vote was 54 to 46, but 60 votes were required for
passage of the amendment.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) had
introduced the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act as an
amendment to the larger bill to try and extend background checks to gun shows
and online sales.
But it also had a provision establishing a "a
commission of non-elected experts in their fields who will study the causes of
mass violence in the United States, looking at all aspects of the problem,
including mental health, guns, school safety and portrayals of violence in the
media. This broad approach is absolutely necessary to truly address our culture
Still up for potential debate is an
amendment by Sen. Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) that would direct the FCC, FTC and
HHS to conduct a media violence study.
An alternative Republican gun bill unveiled
Wednesday would also include media violence research.