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Friday, December 02, 2005

Illinois ban on violent video games shot down

A federal judge in Chicago ruled today that the Illinois ban on selling violent video games to minors is unconstitutional. The court wrote:

In this country, the state lacks the authority to ban protected speech on the ground that it affects the listener's or observer's thoughts and attitudes... (AP: Court strikes down Ill. video game law)

Governor Rod Blagojevich signed this ban into law this past summer. It was to go into effect on January 1, 2006.

If the governor is so concerned about the welfare of children, he should direct his efforts at teaching a few parenting classes. But, he's not really that concerned. This was nothing more than a stunt to try and make himself look good.

The governor is going to appeal the ruling. Tsk tsk.

Posted by Marie at December 2, 2005 11:00 PM


I guess this is happening all over the country. One of the newer state legislators from San Francisco tried to make his mark with a game ban, but all he could get passed and signed was a bill that requires stores to post prominent signage about videogame ratings. I agree with you: This is something that parents and families should be doing, not government.

Posted by: Dan at December 6, 2005 8:47 PM