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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down California Video Game Laws

Submitted by on June 27, 2011 – 3:27 pmNo Comment

June 27, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors, ruling that the ban infringed upon individuals’ rights of free speech. The vote came down 7 – 2 to end the ban that has been in place since 2005.

California asked the court to restrict minors’ access to violent videos – just as it had in 1968 to sexually explicit materials.

The court flatly rejected the argument that the two (sexual content and violent images) are to be treated in the same manner. Justice Antonin Scalia (a conservative / right wing justice on the court)noted that there is “no long standing tradition in this country of specially restricting access to depictions of violence.”

Justice Scalia also cited the very violent nature of fairy tales throughout history – for instance Hansel and Gretel, who burn their captor in an oven to free themselves.

Many people – wrongly – complain that juveniles are delinquent because of viewing violent images in games, tv, movies and all other media. Perhaps we should take a look over at Japan, which has the most violent games / comics / movies in the world, and yet, one of the most humane of societies. Then again, the Japanese don’t have gun stores on every corner either……..

Thank goodness for the 1st Amendment!

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