Oh Look, Once Again A Judge Has Tossed Out Video Game Sale Ban As Unconstitutional

from the yes,-again dept

Over and over and over and over and over and over again, state politicians have been passing laws that ban the sale of certain video games to children and every single time the laws are struck down as unconstitutional. Yet, local politicians keep proposing similar laws. Why? Because it gives them a talking point for the next election and making it look like they're "protecting the children" (even if the law does no such thing). However, what they're really doing is wasting taxpayer money, because every time one of these unconstitutional laws is passed, the state has to go to court to defend it, only to find it thrown out again. The latest state to waste taxpayer money over this? My home state of California, who has now had its law thrown out as unconstitutional, just like all the rest. Let's make this clear: more than ten states have passed these laws and not a single one has been found to be constitutional. Any politician passing such a law these days knows that they're wasting taxpayer money on a law that will undoubtedly be found unconstitutional -- and yet they do it anyway. What does that say about the politicians pushing such legislation?

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    Bob, 7 Aug 2007 @ 11:36am

    Here's a novel idea

    Why don't parents take a more active role in what little Johnny is spending that $60 on?

    If I wanted $60 to buy anything when I was growing up, my father would ask me 100 questions or so before he would even consider the request.

    Now it seems like Parents just hand out money to their kids and let them buy whatever they want and don't care what their own kids are buying.

    When I was in Best Buy recently I saw a boy of about 11 or 12 wanting to buy the most recent Grand Theft Auto game. His mother looked at it and said "OK" and GAVE him the cash for it. The boy actually pointed out to his Mother that he couldn't purchase it as it had a label saying no one under 18 blah blah blah, so his Mother said, "Give it to me, I'll buy it for you when we check out."

    I imagine this sort of thing happens daily in these stores, so really, if the Parents don't care what their kids are doing with their time, should the government?

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