Violent Video Games and Children: Should Government Step In?

Would restricting the sale of video games to children protect them, or violate free speech rights?

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The U.S. Supreme Court is evaluating a California law that bans selling or renting violent video games to minors. The law’s supporters say it protects children. Opponents argue that the law violates free speech protections and that the current rating system already works fine. Is this ban a good idea?


Timothy F. Winter
President of the Parents Television Council

Ultraviolent video games are harmful to children, and children should not be able to purchase them without a parent involved in the sales transaction. Unfortunately, the very industry that profits from selling such adult entertainment products to children has successfully waged legal battles across the country. The industry’s arguments are logically and morally bankrupt. Hopefully, the U.S. Supreme Court will see through the...



Michael D. Gallagher
President and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association

We can all agree that parents are the best arbiters of determining what is right for their children. The issue at hand though is how best to support those parents. We believe that with parental controls, ratings awareness and retailer support, proposals like this are a solution in search of a problem. In addition, there are numerous legal reasons why 12 courts have already rejected proposals similar to this one, and we believe there are sound...


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