Three weeks after the U.S. Senate voted to amend juvenile justice legislation to require the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice to launch a study of whether marketers of movies, videogames and music are marketing violence to kids, President Clinton has stepped in to ask that the study start immediately. At a Rose Garden ceremony today, the president also asked whether the industries are complying with their own voluntary codes. He cited several ads for videogame makers. "Our children are being fed a dependable daily dose of violence, and it sells," President Clinton said. The president also suggested that TV this fall would be more violent than in the past. "The time has come to show some restraint, even if it has a short-term impact on the bottom line."
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