By a 7-2 vote on Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a California law forbidding the sale of “violent” video games to minors because the law violated free-speech rights.
The law defines “violent” as a video game in which a player is given the choice of “killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being.” Retailers that sold or rented violent video games to minors could be fined $1,000.
Justice Antonin Scalia, for the majority, says, “As a means of assisting concerned parents (the law) is seriously over inclusive because it abridges the First Amendment rights of young people whose parents…think violent video games are a harmless pastime.”
While game developers, store owners, and minors rejoice that First Amendment rights were upheld, some parents and activist groups are not so thrilled.
“Only you the parent can decide what sort of content you will allow your children and teenagers to view and partake in, to purchase and play.” Says Hollie Reina, a mother, “It probably goes without saying that, although we would like to, we can’t shield them from everything.”
Despite the law being struck down, one thing is for sure: the issue is far from over.
What things should and should not be censored/regulated if anything at all? Who should be held accountable for the kind of media a minor consumes?
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