Schwarzenegger Appeals Court Ruling on Unconstitutional Video Game Ban
ESRB 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?