According to an article published by Common Sense Media, almost 72 percent of adults are in favor of a California law that prevents retailers from selling violent games to children. Common Sense Media cites a Zogby poll of 2,100 adults who believe the sale of "ultra-violent" video games to minors should be illegal.
The report also says that the majority of people polled "feel the video game industry is not doing enough to protect kids from accessing these games."
Excuse me for a second while I ascend my soapbox and ask: "What the hell is wrong with you people?" I have a child, so believe me, I understand what it's like to worry about the media your kid consumes, but the video game industry has been amazingly responsible with its ESRB rating system, which is probably the easiest to understand, most publicized rating system around. But even if the ESRB rating system was totally broken, or didn't exist, I'd still be asking: "What the hell is wrong with you people?"
I understand dumb people have problems with complicated ideas, so I'll try to make this simple for any of the 72 percent who happen to be reading this: Retaining the rights detailed in the Constitution is more important than keeping your children from seeing things you don't want them to. I say this as a father, a gamer, and someone who payed enough attention in Civics class to interpret the First Amendments to the Constitution, the one about the government making no laws abridging freedom of speech.
The Constitutionality of the California law will be determined by the Supreme Court in November, and this could be a defining moment in the history of both the gaming industry and America itself. Should the court rule that retailers can be fined or otherwise punished for selling games to kids, it would be the first time (that I know of!) the Court ever ruled that a specific form of speech (games, in this case) doesn't enjoy the protection of the First Amendment.
I'm happy we live in a society where the majority of citizens (in this case, the 72 percent of ignorant fools who favor this law) don't have authority over the basic rights of the minority, but I'm pretty concerned about this court case. How about you?