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I am very politically active - I just get tired of it. That's why I come here alot. I get tired of the senseless back and forth between 2 groups who are never going to change one another's minds but still debate to no end trying to do just that. (Hmmm...sounds a bit like the Bluesnews forum). I don't really feel like digging up examples - I came here to enjoy myself, not do research. But in the last 2 years I have read of 3 bills (one in California, one in Missouri, and one in Washington) that have all died due to their unconstitutional limitation of free speech. The ninth circuit court of appeals ruled two years ago that if that what's expressed in movies and books can be considered "speech", then videogames should fall under the same umbrella of protection of the First Amendment. Thus, any state law limiting the sale of videogames in any manner whatsoever is in direct violation of a FEDERAL court. 100 times out of 100, the state will lose. You might remember this appeals court ruling was in response to Judge Limbaugh (no relation to Rush) in his opinion that games "present no meaningful ideas, and thus do not warrant 1st Amendment protection...". Of course he was wrong and his ruling was overturned and thrown out. Jack Thompson has not had ONE case he has brought ever even reach a jury - the judges keep throwing them out of court.

I admire your passion about this - too many people go through life with blinders on. This IS a serious issue, no doubt. But the ESA (formerly the IDSA, still headed by Doug Lowenstein) has a significantly powerful presence in all of these important cases. Someone is fighting for us. Just relax - we have the Constitution of the US and court precedence on our side.

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