Despite yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw a proposed law against sales of "excessively violent video games" to children, Californian State Senator Leland Yee won't let it go. He is seeking to propose a new law.
Sounding like an old-school socialist, the Senator said yesterday, “Unfortunately, the majority of the Supreme Court once again put the interests of corporate America before the interests of our children.
“As a result of their decision, Wal-Mart and the video game industry will continue to make billions of dollars at the expense of our kids’ mental health and the safety of our community. It is simply wrong that the video game industry can be allowed to put their profit margins over the rights of parents and the well-being of children.”
So, with the interests of not letting parents and carers make decisions, Mr Yee and his highly tax-paid legal team are, "poring through the opinions to see where we can create a pathway for a successful bill that could withstand a challenge."
He is doing this because, "The evidence is absolutely crystal clear that there are harmful effects on our children".
In 'fact', “Every major national medical association – including the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics – has concluded that exposure to violent video games causes an increase in aggressive behaviour, physiological desensitization to violence, and decrease pro-social behaviour.
“Thus, society has a direct, rational and compelling reason in marginally restricting a minor’s access to violent video games.”
Not according to an actual psychologist. Last week, Christopher J. Ferguson stated
, " The video game panic is already proving, based on the data, to be a major wrong turn".
Despite this, Sen. Yee sees yesterday's ruling as some sort of win for his cause, stating, "While we did not win today, I am certain that this eight year legislative and legal battle has raised the consciousness of this issue for many parents and grandparents, and has forced the video game industry to do a better job at appropriately rating these games."
Sources: Senator Yee. SF Appeal.