Video game violence taken up by SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to wade in interesting waters concerning video games and free speech. The court will review whether a California court correctly threw out a law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.

I’m no Supreme Court judge, but my ruling is that the California court was right.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the uber-violent movies Commando, Total Recall, Terminator and Conan the Barbarian, signed the ban into law, but it never went into effect. Rightly so: There is no evidence that violent video games trigger abnormal behavior in children, and there is already a pretty good rating system parents can use.

I would rather see a system similar to movie theaters across the country. If a kid somehow bought a ticket to see one of the Governator’s bloodbaths, the theater wouldn’t be breaking a law, but would be justified kicking the kid out or refusing the sale. There’s no reason video game renters or retailers should face federal penalties for not doing a parent’s job.

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