Recently, California introduced a law that would fine stores $1,000 for selling violent video games to anyone under the age of 18. But last Monday,…

Recently, California introduced a law that would fine stores $1,000 for selling violent video games to anyone under the age of 18. But last Monday, the Supreme Court declared this law unconstitutional, because it impinged on the free speech rights of Californians. This decision is no doubt a relief to those of us who want a less intrusive government, but given the other things the government intrudes on, it seems contradictory. For example, why should R-rated movies exclude those under 17, if those same teens can buy the goriest video games out? It’s not that I’m on the side of restricting video games and movies or letting anyone watch anything. Rather, it just doesn’t make sense that for one form of media, movies, we have a relatively prudish attitude, while for video games we embrace our freedom to shoot, steal, and pillage, whatever our age may be.
– Will

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