SCOTUS Gives One to Liberty in Video Game Decision
Maybe I'm crazy for saying this, but the SCOTUS decision Monday to overturn a California law trying to limit kids' access to violent video games is a huge victory for liberty. Liberty for parents to raise their children instead of turning to the government to do it for them, that is.
Via the LA Daily News:
In a 7-2 decision, the court put video games in the same category as movies, plays and books - entertainment deserving of First Amendment protection.
"Even where the protection of children is the object, the constitutional limits on governmental action apply," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion.
Listen, the Entertainment Software Rating Board already has agreements with retailers (albeit voluntary) to prevent the sale of violent video games to minors. That doesn't stop unknowing parents from unwisely picking up Grand Theft Auto for little Timmy, and no amount of government intervention can change the parent problem.
More parents need to be like this guy interviewed by the Daily News:
As a parent, Charles Wong, 65, of Woodland Hills, said he disapproves of certain violent video games, but he acknowledged the Supreme Court's apprehensions of restricting speech.
Wong, who was at Fry's with his 17-old-son, let his son play M-rated games when he was younger, but did impose some restrictions.
"We pick and choose them," Wong said. "It means that we didn't have games where you shoot cops. Shooting make believe alien stuff, there's nothing wrong with that. It's a judgment thing."
Right. Robbing people? Not OK. Blowing up magical beasts with fantasy weapons in a completely manufactured environment? I don't see that breeding any serial killers any time soon.
Why is it OK to show murdered bodies on the evening news and yet we somehow need to shelter our children from simulated, cartoon violence? Has anyone taken their little one to see Cars 2? I heard from a fellow parent that it's packed with killing, should we also ban that?
There's no going back.
This is the first SCOTUS decision on video games and, given the popularity of these consoles in each of our homes, likely not the last.