Posted on September 6, 2007,

Schwarzenegger Appeals Court Ruling on Unconstitutional Video Game Ban

schwarzenegger.jpgESRB ratings or no ESRB ratings, California’s governor is determined not to let violent video games end up in the hands of children.

As promised, Schwarzenegger is appealing the recent U.S. Federal Court decision handed down which overturned a recent California bill which essentially banned the sale of violent video games to children. Because of a number of legal insufficiencies with the bill, the federal court deemed it unconstitutional.

But that doesn’t matter to Arnie.

“Many studies show the link between playing ultra-violent video games and violent behavior. We have a responsibility to our kids and our communities to protect against the effects of games that depict ultra-violent actions,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “We protect our children from buying inappropriate movies and ought to be able to protect them from buying inappropriate video games as well.”

Yes, Arnold, we’ve heard it before. You are aware that children have parents, right? Not only that, but they’ve been doing a fair job of paying attention to the ESRB rating system already in place.

Why the governor is wasting resources on a legal battle instead of using that time and money directly to help fund education is beyond me. It would be more beneficial to California if its governing body redirected the energy it is focusing on this issue on things like after school programs so that kids who have access to more detrimental things, like drugs, will spend their time in a constructive way.

This bill doesn’t quite make sense because government intervention in business is traditionally not a Republican value, and anything unconstitutional is not going to be a something which Democrats value either. What exactly is he going for by pursuing this bill?

It seems that if the Governor had done sufficient research he would have found that the ESRB rating system is working, and that all this bill-chasing is unnecessary. As I’ve said before, is the soccer mom vote worth that much?

via Reuters

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4 Comments on Schwarzenegger Appeals Court Ruling on Unconstitutional Video Game Ban

Phil Migrowen

On September 6, 2007 at 1:27 am

“We protect our children from buying inappropriate movies and ought to be able to protect them from buying inappropriate video games as well.”

Arnie, what you fail to realize is that no law “protects our children from buying inappropriate movies” aside from pornographic ones. The movie rating system is entirely voluntary and carries no weight of law just like the ESRB ratings.

“You are aware that children have parents, right?”

Andy, what you fail to realize is that not all children have parents who closely monitor their behavior and actions. Nor are all parents always able to prevent their children from performing unwise or illegal actions. That is why there must be government oversight and supervision to pick up the slack when parents fail or can’t be there for their children. It may not take a village to raise a child, but it certainly does take a goverment to keep some children from running amuck. While that does not necessitate the need for a law regulating the sale of video games to minors because the threat to society and children from video games is unproven, the notion that a parent is the only supervision every child needs is ludicrous.

wonemredrum

On September 6, 2007 at 1:45 am

Give the Terminator a break. Hes only trying to have some morals and help our screwed up world and most often times unaware parents a hand. Props to you Arnie Man :!:

Andrew

On September 6, 2007 at 1:52 am

“It may not take a village to raise a child, but it certainly does take a government to keep some children from running amuck.”

I couldn’t agree more. Once again, take the resources and energy we are spending on this bill and put it directly into after school programs and other educational needs. This failed attempt at regulation is just going to fail again.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed every single other failed attempt around the country in a dozen other states for this same bill?

Phil, what you fail to realize is that when our politicians fail to competently manage our collective time and energy, a different focus is needed.

Phil Migrowen

On September 6, 2007 at 3:01 am

“Phil, what you fail to realize is that when our politicians fail to competently manage our collective time and energy, a different focus is needed.”

I don’t fail to realize that, and you’d see that if you actually read what I wrote. I don’t support the appeal of this law because California will be throwing away money on legal fees which will end up in the hands of the ESA.