Sunday, December 04, 2005

In what should be a surprise to no one the Video Game bill was shot down by the courts.
The judge said the state came "nowhere near" proving that a ban on violent games would help prevent real violence by children.
There was also this quote from the first lady
Patti Blagojevich, who accompanied her husband and two young daughters to a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Library, said she was disappointed with the ruling.
"We have restrictions in place right now that keep people from being able to sell pornography and liquor and cigarettes and all sorts of things to children under 18," said Patti Blagojevich, who is on a state advisory board on the issue. "Why they feel like they should be able to sell these awful games that show them the worst sides of human nature and actually encourage this behavior in children, it's beyond me. I don't know what the judge was thinking."

Well he was thinking the US Constitution has real meaning. He might have been thinking that Illinois has laws that cover harmful material for minors.Perhaps it was felt that matter can not be kept out the hands of people unless you have actual proof that it is harmful and not some theory. Perhaps he thought that there is all sorts of things that show the worst side of human nature that are available to 17 year olds.

But look on the bright side, by shooting this law down it will let the Governor continue to rail against these things and appear on CNN. Help him look like a family values guy. Perhaps he thought like most people that Halo 2 is not nearly as dangerous in the hands of a 16 year old as a case of beer. It will also let the state spend even more money defending a law that is a turkey. Perhaps we can find another fund to sweep to pay for that.


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