Friday, December 02, 2005

JUST IN - Fire Up the Playstation Kids!

Much attention and time was spent last session debating Governor Blagojevich's proposal to place restrictions on the sale of violent video games to minors. Well, another wave of attention will likely result from the news that a federal judge has pulled the plug on the Violent Videogame law.

According to, Judge Matthew Kennelly called the law unconstitutional and enjoined the state from enforcing the same. In so doing, the judge stated that State officials "have come nowhere near" demonstrating that the law passes constitutional muster.

He continued, stating that "(i)n this country, the state lacks the authority to ban protected speech on the ground that it affects the listener's or observer's thoughts and attitudes.

This exact outcome was predicted by many of the opponents of the proposal as the bill was winding it's way through the General Assembly. Case in point, Dave Vite who showed the media that he can be as effective with his words as with his golf clubs:

"It's unfortunate that the state of Illinois spent taxpayer money defending this statute. This is precisely what we told them would happen," said David Vite, president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, one of the groups that sued over the law.

The biggest impact of this decision will likely have little to do with the bill itself. The ruling is likely to add fuel to the fire for the Governor's detractors who have consistently maintained that he is more interested in the sizzle than the steak. Conversely, I would expect the Governor's office to try to use this to their advantage by appealing the matter, which would have the convenient impact of being able to stretch his 'pro-family' crusade through the next elections.

As for me, I think it's time to break out Medal of Honor for a little bit.


At December 3, 2005 at 1:37 PM, Anonymous right of right said...

John, I suppose you'd rather do nothing about these violent video games. I respect Blago for taking a stand in trying to prevent thesse games from being purchased by children. Even if the battle seemed uphill, at least he made the effort to protect our kids and do what was right.

At December 3, 2005 at 2:26 PM, Anonymous former minion said...


Nest time, do your homework before commenting. Rep. Fritchey was one of the chief sponsors of the bill. But if I recall correctly, even at the time, he raised questions about the constitutionality of the bill, but thought that it was worth trying and then letting the court make the decision. His post talks about the political fallout of the decision, not the merits of the legislation.

At December 4, 2005 at 12:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first are criticizing Rep. Fritchey about not "protecting kids and doing what is right." Should government really be charged with this responsibility? It seems to me to the that the parents should be responsible for what games their children are purchasing and playing. Isn't this just common sense? It used to be that those on the right were advocating for less government interference and control of our we must look to the left to protect individual freedoms and - in what is an important corellary - hold individuals accountable for their own actions.


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