Lawmaker says he won't pursue video game bill

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  • open minded Lehi, UT
    June 28, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Why is the E.F. mad? The Supreme Court ruled that people not government have the right to choose what is appropriate. That is small government. That is conservative economically. Granted this ruling does not favor those who support mind-control, but it fits American values of allowing us to make choices for ourselves. I am sure there are many Americans who aren't smart enough to make the choices certain organizations want us to make, but the Constitution does not give government the right to force us to follow any one organizations morals. This ruling is a great politically conservative (maybe not right-wing though) message.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    June 28, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    That darn Constitution, always getting in the way.

    P.S. I love freedom.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    June 28, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    So how much legislative time was "wasted" on this issue when it was eventually vetoed? Just get the proper business of the people conducted in the State Legislature, please, and quit drafting message bills.

  • myself Salt Lake City, UT
    June 28, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    Some might find it surprising that there aren't laws in place to prevent kids from seeing or purchasing rated R movies. Why then can't the kids go to these movies? Because it's monitored by the industry.

    Video games are exactly the same. It is almost impossible to find a place that won't require ID when purchasing rated M games. It is possible but you would probably have to find some online store because NONE of the major retailers will let you buy a game without ID.

    This law will not change that. The only thing repealing this law has done is kept everything exactly the same.

    People seem to be worried that their kids will now be able to purchase rated M games in stores. This will not be the case. The ESRB will still be allowed to require their retailers to deny the sales of rated M games to children under the age of 17.

    None of this would even be an issue if parents would simply use the parental controls on their kids gaming consoles.

    Don't make the government do the work for the industry and the parents.