Monday, June 27, 2011

What Do You Think About This?

Supreme Court Strikes Rule Banning Violent Video Game Sale to Kids

Read the article.

SCOTUS has ruled that states cannot restrict sales of video games with adult content to minors.

What do you think about this?

Is this a 1st amendment issue?

Do states have a right to protect children?

What about pornography sales to minors?

Do you agree with the decision?


Mustang said...

No one detests some of these video games than I do, but in this case, I think the Supreme Court has it right. It is not the responsibility of state legislatures to monitor adolescent behavior; it is a job for their parents. Beyond this, I think the CA law interferes with commerce. What we want is a society where parents prohibit their kids from buying these games, sales will drop, gamers will develop less violent (or sexually explicit) games, and we can find satisfaction that a free society is working as it should —with the least government interference.

Besides, having lived in CA for a number of years, I can tell you that a large number of parents really don’t care what their children do and a high percentage would probably purchase these violent games for their kids … anything to get the kids to leave them alone. I have literally observed parents drop off their teenage children at the movie theater on Friday night with these instructions, “I’ll meet you here on Sunday at 5.”

We need fewer laws and better parents.

Gramma 2 Many said...

I think nothing surprises me any more.

Brooke said...

I agree with this. As a parent and a free human being, I HATE HATE HATE the nanny state mentality, and I suspect, no, am wholly convinced that this has NOTHING to do with protecting children and has EVERYTHING to do with yet another revenue stream for the state.

Always On Watch said...

I concur with Mustang. It is the responsibility of parents to oversee what their children do.

Alligator said...

Yes, I object to many of these games out there. However, I think the motives of the nanny state in this issue aren't for the good. If the parents don't give a crap what their kids do, the state sure isn't going to be able to do anything about it either.

Z said...

Sadly, I don't think bad parenting is a California thing. would that it were.
Would that only California parents did the awful things you saw.
My own sister went to a movie theater to pick up her 12 yr old son because she'd not been told they were taking them to a movie she found inappropriate. As an aside: later, when she'd taken her son back to the house where the party was for cake, etc., one of the children approached my sis and said he wished his mother'd come to pick him up because the movie'd scared him.

We can't teach parenting and I see bad parenting everywhere, I read it about it all over this country, as we all do.

The SCOTUS was right..
But, as you know, liberal parents (and the court, seemingly?)would say "Gee, what's the matter with you? It's the children who should decide...if you don't like it, don't let them see it!"
I don't agree with that, either. We can't trust Americans anymore to know what's good for kids ..

THAT's the bigger issue, the scarier issue.

Chuck said...

Sorry for the delay, I have been working 50 - 60 hours a week lately - not home much.

I agree with he decision. I don't like the games but we need to stop making decisions for parents.

What I would like to see is a rating system like the movies and then let parents decide if their kids can have it.

Mustang, good luck on the better parents

Gramma, sadly I agree

Brooke, good point on the revenue for the state. I had not thought of that

AOW, agreed

Alligator, agreed. Bad parents are going to be bad parents, we can't fix that with legislation

Z, hard to figure the libs. They are for letting kids decide whatever they want - abortions, tattoos, sex education, etc but want to regulate all parenting at the same time.

Z said...

I think this guy's super, Chuck....whispering about candidacy but I doubt if he'd get anywhere...too bad.

cube said...

I concur with the Supremes on this. I'm sick and tired of the government insinuating itself into my life. I will police my own children, thank you very much!

Chuck said...

Thanks Z

Cube, agreed