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Illinois Video Game Law Unconstitutional

Illinois’s law banning the sale of violent or sexually explicit video games to minors has been found unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly. He determined that it was a restriction of constitutionally protected speech, and that in order to allow the law to stand he would have had to find a compelling reason, such as the threat of imminent violence. California’s version of the same law is being challenged in court, and similar legislation has been passed in other states as well.

While I think the law’s intent is fine, I don’t think that trampling on people’s free spech rights is the proper way to go about it. It is yet another example of states trying to criminalize what should be handled by parental responsibility. Can any parent exert control over their children 100% of the time? Of course not, but this law would not be able to guarantee these same games would be kept out of the children’s reach either. One more example of no one accepting personal responsibility any more. Read AP’s full story at Yahoo.

Posted by Jeff

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