The Supreme Court struck down a 2005 California law banning the sale of ultra-violent video games to children.
What I find more disturbing is the opinion of the justices.
Video games, said Scalia’s majority opinion, fall into the same category as books, plays and movies as entertainment that “communicates ideas ? and even social messages” deserving of First Amendment free-speech protection. And non-obscene speech “cannot be suppressed solely to protect the young from ideas or images that a legislative body thinks unsuitable for them,” he said.
Children have constitution rights?
That leads to:
Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, said the decision created a constitutionally authorized “end-run on parental authority.”
“I wonder what other First Amendment right does a child have against their parents’ wishes?” he said. “Does a child now have a constitutional right to bear arms if their parent doesn’t want them to buy a gun? How far does this extend? It’s certainly concerning to us that something as simple as requiring a parental oversight to purchase an adult product has been undermined by the court.”
Parents need to start being parents. As parents we need to teach our children the difference between right and wrong. Parents should also have the absolute authority to tell a child ?NO! You can not have that game, book magazine or watch that movie, or television show.? If the majority of parents in an area (state) wish to pass laws help them enforce their teachings, then they should be able to do that. The law that was struck down didn’t forbid parents purchasing, or children from playing the games, it just gave parents one more tool to help guide our young citizens. Stiking this law is dening the rights of Californa residnets to regulate themselves.
However, there is some hope
And at least two justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, indicated they would be willing to reconsider their votes under certain circumstances. “I would not squelch legislative efforts to deal with what is perceived by some to be a significant and developing social problem,” Alito said, suggesting that a narrower state law might be upheld.