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Should Violence Directed Toward Children Be Part of Free Speech?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by:

I’m all for freedom of speech, but don’t we have to draw the line somewhere? On Monday the Supreme Court struck down a law that banned the sale of violent video games to children. Believe it or not, the judge compared the violence in M-rated video games to the Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and Saturday morning cartoons.

The videos that will now be available for any child who walks into a store with enough cash encourage players to act out a variety of ways to kill, dismember and even sexually assault images of other humans. What’s next? Legalizing pornography for 13-year-olds?

I’m all for protecting artistic freedom, but in a world where random shootings are on the rise what can possibly be gained by letting video game manufacturers market extreme violence to our youth?

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