UFI Reader Poll: Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that minors should be allowed to purchase violent video games?

UFI Reader Poll: Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that minors should be allowed to purchase violent video games?

Here’s the question we asked UFI readers:

Do you agree with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that minors, as a part of free speech, have a constitutional right to purchase video games – even if they are violent, pornographic, and sadistic?”

Here is how our readers responded:

97 Percent          Disagree with the court’s decision

 3 Percent            Agree with the court’s decision

It appears that there are plenty of Americans who agree with our readers.   A recent Rasmussen poll reported that two out of three adult Americans (67 percent) believe that states should be allowed to prohibit the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.

One of the most interesting aspects of this decision is that the court chose to center its ruling on First Amendment rights of minors – free speech – rather than viewing violent video games as a continuation of already-in-place laws and policies to protect minors from pornography – and let’s not forget laws that ban children from obtaining and using alcohol and cigarettes.   Laws have a long history of helping parents protect their children from harm.

We refer you to a blog post that UFI wrote last August giving the reasons why California (and other states) should be allowed to restrict the sale of violent and pornographic video games to minors.

For more information:

Court wraps video games in First Amendment

67 % Say States Should be able to Prohibit Sale of Violent Video Games to Children

 

 

 

2 Comments
  • ShirLee Wood
    Posted at 10:18h, 11 July Reply

    We are so dumb. We put crossing guards and red lights for crossing dangeous roads, but we say run on down this dangerous road and get killed. I do agee that as parents we must regulate our children’s games, but sometimes that is not possible. We need a little help.

  • skypilot5973G Carson
    Posted at 16:08h, 14 July Reply

    Kids’ minds are impressionable, therefore there needs to be controls on the content of video games available to them. Just as allowing children access to pornography is wrong, allowing them access to excessive violence is also wrong. It will desensitize them to violence in general, creating a tendency for them to manifest more violent behaviour.

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