In yet another example of lawmakers trying to usurp the role of parents in making decisions for their children, a San Francisco Bay area lawmaker is trying to pass a law making it a crime to sell violent video games to minors.
Assemblyman Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) plans to introduce legislation this week that would keep minors from purchasing first (person) shooter videogames, where players need to kill in order to advance.
“These first person shooter videogames really teach kids how to stalk and how to maim and torture and kill people,” Yee said. “That’s not what we should be doing for our kids.”
Yee is also a child psychologist, and he said, it is time to “draw the line.”
The bill would penalize retailers and other stores that sell the games to anyone under the age of 17. A second bill would require video game retailers to separate children’s games from adult games.
“It classifies these first person shooter violent videogames as having a harmful effect, just as pornography, alcohol and cigarettes have harmful effects towards our children,” said Yee. “There are penalties then exacted for those individuals who sell these products to minors.”
The jury is still out on just what kind of an effect violent games may have on children or how much damage they may cause, if any, but that won’t stop politicians such as Mr. Yee from trying to legislate away your parental rights.
The legislation in question is local to the Bay area only, but is indicative of attempts by various politicians at all levels to decide for their constituents what’s best for them. Soon you won’t need to put any effort into raising your kids as we’ll have laws on the books that’ll make all the choices for you.