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St Louis Continues Pushing Violent Games Law 35

Posted by simoniker
from the ain't-over-til-it's-over dept.
Thanks to Frictionless Insight for pointing to a St.Louis Today article indicating officials have decided not to give up on trying to outlaw the sale of violent video games to minors, despite a recent tide against their effort. As a CNN article explains, ".. [the original] ordinance, passed by the St. Louis County Council in 2000, requires children under 17 to have parental consent before they can buy violent or sexually explicit video games or play similar arcade games", but this was struck down as unconstitutional on June 4th, with a judge citing the First Amendment and the protection of free speech. The County has now set a petition for review, saying the courts "set too high a standard" for proving a link between videogames and violence. The saga continues..
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St Louis Continues Pushing Violent Games Law

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  • Too high a standard (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Danse (1026) on Tuesday June 24, 2003 @06:23PM (#6289138)
    On June 4, that panel said the county's use of "anecdote and supposition" did not establish enough connection between violent games and violent behavior to warrant a limit on the game makers' free speech rights.


    The county's petition for review says the 8th Circuit panel set too high a standard.


    Yep. I can definitely see where they're coming from on this. I mean how much more scientific do you have to be in order to take away people's rights? What does the court want, an actual scientific study or something?! I think the court just doesn't place enough value on a good anecdote or a seemingly plausible supposition. If the court insists on more evidence than that, then they might have to actually make an effort, and its even possible that the study might not support their position! (although, granted, that's not likely, depending on who they hire and how much they pay)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 24, 2003 @07:16PM (#6289559)
    Well, we do have a similar laws to keep pr0n out of the hands of minors.

    We have only anecdotal evidence at best that this is harmful to kids. (Unless there was a study wherein they showed a bunch of pr0n to a bunch of kids...and that's messed up).

    Why do those who feel this is different, feel that way?

    Could violent games be to potential murderers like pr0n to the potential rapist?

    Discuss.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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