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Yee Responds To Supreme Court Decision To Hear Gaming Case

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Posted April 28, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

Leland YeeState Sentaor Leland Yee, the author of the California video-game bill set to be argued before the Supreme Court, has responded to the Court's decision to hear the case.

In a brief audio interview, released on his website, Yee said, "I'm just thrilled that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up this particular bill. It's an affirmation of some of the things I've been thinking about and working on relative to ultra-violent video games."

Yee sees the decision as a sign that the Supreme Court sees merit in the California law that bans retailers from selling violent games to minors.

"The Supreme Court has started to look at not just my bill, but other bills that have been promulgated out of state legislatures... that have moved into the court system and been struck down. I think after so many bills coming through the Supreme Court is saying there is something going on in this country. Individuals are concerned. we've got to start weighing in and providing direction to these elected officials."

Yee believes the Supreme Court will provide a pathway for how to "move in this direction and not violate the First Amendment."

That's one way to look at it. The other way to look at it is this: Maybe the Supreme Court is saying, "Hey, all these laws keep getting shot down by state courts for various reasons. Let's determine, once and for all, that games are protected speech, so state legislatures can stop wasting so much time and resources with clearly unconstitutional laws."

Also: As a reminder to Yee and all lawmakers who are horrified at the violence in games: Games are pretend. They are not real. Although it may look like a violent, blood-soaked dismemberment on your TV screen, those are fake people. Like puppets or cartoons. On behalf of taxpayers everywhere, I urge you to ignore pretend problems in favor of real ones.

Source: Game Politics

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