California Politician Who Wrote Unconstitutional Anti-Video Game Law Plans To Try Again With New Law
from the and-waste-more-taxpayer-money dept
With the Supreme Court agreeing with every other court (well over a dozen of them) ruling that government attempts to ban the sale of violent video games to children is a First Amendment violation, it appears that the politician who came up with California’s law isn’t about to give up. State Senator Leland Yee held a press conference, in which he claimed that it was an example of the Court siding with “corporate America” over “our children.” Yeah, he pulled out the “but think of the children” line that only desperate politicians use.
“It is simply wrong that the video game industry can be allowed to put their profit margins over the rights of parents and the well-being of children.”
Except… that’s wrong. Nothing in the ruling has any impact, whatsoever, on the rights of parents. Why would Senator Yee make a statement that is clearly dishonest? The ruling was over the rights of children. Parents still have the same rights they had before. Parents are still able to raise their kids in the same way they did before. There is nothing, whatsoever, in the ruling that limits or changes how a parent can raise their kid. Furthermore, as pointed out over and over again (and actively denied by Senator Yee), there is no evidence that violent video games have any impact on “the well-being” of kids. Senator Yee is pandering to a public by misstating what the research says.
Even worse, it appears he wants to waste more California taxpayer money by going through this whole charade all over again. Yes, that’s right, he’s indicated that he wants to try again with a new law. Apparently, he has his staff “poring through the opinions to see where we can create a pathway for a successful bill that could withstand a challenge.” In other words, more California taxpayer money is going to be spent going through another round of legal challenges.
Is it really that hard for him to understand that he’s wasting time and money here? This ruling does not restrict parents. The research has failed to show any causal relationship, and all indications are that the “well-being” of children is not at all harmed by such video games. Why bother trying to go through all of this again over a fantasy?