Supreme Court Debates Violent Video Game Ban
Is it unconstitutional to ban violent video games? It depends who you ask. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't seem to think so, thus his outlaw on the sales and rental of them to minors in 2005. But the court disagrees.
Enter, the supreme justices. The first of their debates, which took place yesterday, specifically focused on whether the First Amendment covers depictions of violence in games such as Postal 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Mortal Kombat and others of the same influence–and whether their interactive nature garners them even more damaging than violence on, say, TV.
"I want to know what James Madison thought about violence," said Justice Antonin Scalia, who also demanded to know what constitutes a deviant violent video game. "Some of the Grimm's fairy tales are quite grim," he said. "Are you going to ban them, too?" The debate remains ongoing, and will through June.
In my opinion, the government will be hard-pressed to regulate violence in any medium, since the standard for violence that is safe for children to consume will always be subjective.
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