March 18, 2005

Lawmakers sworn to uphold constitution, vote for law they believe is unconstitutional

The Illinois house has passed a bill banning the sales of violent or sexually explicit video games to teens.

Even some lawmakers who believe it is unconstitutional ended up voting for the measure, which passed the House 91-19.

"There is a game out there that makes you the assassin for JFK. There is a game out there that makes you the rapist. There is a game out there that makes you the person who decapitates somebody," Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said.

He said he is so appalled by the situation that he voted for the measure, even though as a lawyer he believes it is unconstitutional. He said the bill's definitions of "violent" and "sexually explicit" are so vague that retailers will have difficulty discerning what can be sold legally to teens.

So much for their oath to uphold the constitution. Guess they had their fingers crossed when they took the oath?

More worthless efforts to solve problems by placing the blame where it least belongs and attempting to accomplish the un-accomplishable. Well, if it makes them feel better, maybe it's worth the hundreds of thousands it will cost? This will have about as much effect as keeping kids out of "R" rated movies currently does. Thousands of kids will get around the lightly enforced measure and see the movie at the theatre, and if not, they'll just watch them at home. In much the same way, kids will find some way to view these games, whether it's by getting an older teen to buy them for them, or going to someone's house that has one, or some other means.

This measure accomplishes next to nothing but giving some unimaginative legislators some copy for their next campaign. When you can scan the TV channels at any given time and 2/3rds of them are showing some sort of violent programming, especially on the conservative's favorite, FOX, pointing the finger at video games is missing the mark.


At 3/19/2005 7:43 PM, Blogger LL Cool T said...

Dope you got this issue all wrong. Parents need help to keep this crap out of their house. It just makes sense to treat realistic video games portraying violent and sexual scenes the same as movies when the content of either would earn R, NC-17 or X ratings. If you want your kid to have it, fine, go and buy it for them and monitor their use. You're right they can play it at their friends house or borrow the games. Nothing substitues for good parenting and added control of the sale of these games will not solve any problems. But it is one tool to help parents and lessen their worries when the kid goes off to the video store. Besides, if a kid can sneak into an R movie that experience lasts for a couple of hours. A kid can play these video games for hours a day, day after day and that is a big difference. Plus the kid controls the action and it becomes them acting it out instead of sitting back and watching a movie.

At 3/20/2005 1:04 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I dont' think I have it "all wrong".

I might point out to you that video games ALREADY have a rating system that makes it simple to judge them for content.
It's been in effect for years. So perhaps you don't really understand the issue well.

Or have I read your comment wrong?


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