Violent games will be available for minors to purchase

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 4:26pm

NATIONAL (FOX44) - The Supreme Court says violent video games can be sold or rented to children without parental consent.
The high court upheld a lower court decision which threw out a California law
banning the sale of games to kids, which allow them to virtually beat, torture, and kill men and women.
The Supreme Court voted seven to two. The government can't quote "restrict the ideas" children can be exposed to.
The California law would have let parents buy the games for their children, but wouldn't let kids make the purchases themselves.
Two justices, Stephen Breyer, a liberal, and conservative Clarence Thomas, supported the law for different reasons.
Breyer said it's already illegal to sell pornography to a minor, so why can't the same principle apply to selling games which let a boy imagine he's committing murder?
Thomas said freedom of speech doesn't give the game producer unlimited access to children.
In California, police, women's groups and psychiatrists are all unhappy with the ruling.
Arguing the state must do more to protect kids from dangerous influences.


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