No Violent Video Games for Minors?

Judge says law would have violated free-speech rights

6 December 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The court ruled that the law violated free-speech rights and that government did not have the power to “restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed.” The judges noted that children are exposed to violence in many other forms of entertainment, including books and television. A violent video game was defined by the law as one that depicts “killing, maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being.”

Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision? Should governments have the authority to prevent minors from buying violent video games?

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