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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    Jason Buck, 7 Aug 2007 @ 10:03am

    Parents are the Law for Minors

    Enough with wasting our Tax payers money. Games are rated now. If a kid is under the age required to buy the darn game, fine the vendor for selling it to him.

    Ultimately it is up to the parents to decide what game their kids can and cannot have.

    Somethings just need to be legislated at home. Politicians should stay out of it.

    Our 14 y/o knows that he is only allowed to by car and sports video games, no games with guns or sexual content. He knows that violating those rules means lose of his console. That doesn't mean that he doesn't play them at a friends house where those parents are okay with it. So again, laws are what you make of them, and there is always away around it. Some parents just don't care and will buy any game for their kids.

    Can I have the Patent for the VChip for Video Games. Parents enter a code on the kids game console and if the rating of the game exceeds the code entered, the game doesn't play.

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