Damn That Constitution! Free Speech Mucks Up Everything!

from the just-get-rid-of-it dept

There have been a bunch of stories lately about the various attempts by state governments to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. Of course, in the past, similar laws have been tossed out for being unconstitutional. Apparently, to one reporter, it’s the Constitution that’s the problem. If it weren’t for that darn Constitution then we’d be able to take away basic rights much easier, you see…

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Mark says:

that darn constitution

Actually, if you go to the trouble of clicking through to the article (http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3319402), it’s not clear what angle the writer was working. It’s an extremely brief AP piece — only seven sentences long — that reads as if it is the beginning of a longer treatment. All it says is Michigan lawmakers are set to ban violent games, but other similar efforts have been struck down by the courts. There’s no position pro or con on that situation in the text, unless there’s a longer version somewhere on the web.

What people seem to be responding to is the headline: “Parental unawareness, Constitution hinder effective video game ban.” I don’t know how the AP works, but my guess is that an editor wrote the headline, not the guy who wrote the article.

Precision Blogger (user link) says:

The Constitution made me do it!

SO this dude plays Grand Theft Arson 12 hours a day, and after awhile he commits a murder. His defense is that the game he got addicted to, which made him commit murder, shouldn’t have been so violent in the first place. In other words, his defense is:

The Constitution made me do it!

– PB

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: or...

“we could just have some effective parenting. Now there’s some fresh thinking!”
Flawed thinking more like.
I’m the youngest of seven children. My siblings and I run the gambit politically, religiously, ethically, and economically.
Yet, we all had the same parents and the same rules.
There are too many things that are just random.
Some people are just assholes and there’s nothing you can do about it.

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