Nader calls games 'electronic child molesters'

Nader calls games 'electronic child molesters'
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

January 23rd 2013 at 6:54AM

Former presidential hopeful criticises Obama on gun control and lack of action on violent media

Ralph Nader of the Green Party has spoken out against what he sees as the failings of the current administration to protect children from what he termed "electronic child molesters."

His remarks come as President Obama was inaugurated for his second term in the oval office.

Nader has campaigned on multiple occasions for the presidency, with his last bid in 2008.

In a statement reported by Politico, Nader criticized the President on his failure to keep campaign promises throughout his first term such as a spike in the minimum wage, health care, and reform on Wall Street.

Nader also condemmed the new gun control initiatives being forwarded by Obama as not going far enough, and called for some sort of action against violent media.

"We are in the peak of [violence in entertainment]," said Nader.

"Television program violence? Unbelievable. Video game violence? Unprecedented. I’m not saying he wants to censor this, I think he should sensitize people that they should protect their children family by family from these kinds of electronic child molesters.”

His comments on media violence are oddly reminiscent of those made by the NRA when placing the blame for the nation's recent run of high-profile shootings, such as those in Newtown, Connecticut, on the shoulders of games and other media.

While President Obama has called for Congress to fund a study of the relationship between games and violence and has ordered the CDC to investigate the causes of violence, he has so far steered clear of publicly denouncing games.