Nov 072010
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

It is fair to assume that most parents wouldn’t be pleased to watch their children take part in brutal murders on a daily basis. It is also fair to assume that most parents wouldn’t want their children to perform these acts in a video game.

This type of violence has become prevalent in media today and has faced opposition by groups that disagree with its impact on society.

More specifically, the violence in video games has become a subject of increasing controversy.

Those opposed to these games feel like allowing children to virtually take part in brutal crimes, murder, theft and torture are not the best parenting habits for mom and dad to adopt.

While outrageously violent games aren’t the industry standard, the popularity of this game genre has been sufficient to lead the Supreme Court to hear an appeal to a California law that forbids the sale of these violent video games to minors.

This law is one that goes against our First Amendment right to free speech.

The law makes a noble attempt to stop subjecting children to these forms of simulated violence, but California needs to explore other less dramatic, legal means of doing this.

The state should not be given the power to regulate specific content in a specific medium. It simply isn’t constitutional.

Justices can’t allow the fears of violence’s effect on children to allow them to restrict the First Amendment rights of citizens.

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