Michigan's Violent Gaming Law

Granholm Signs New Laws to Protect Children from Violent and Sexually-Explicit Video Games (thanks bandersnatch) has word on a new law in Michigan to take effect in December making it illegal to sell Mature or Adult rated video games to children:
LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed legislation that that will make the sale or rental of mature or adult-rated video games to children illegal. The new law applies to children age 17 and younger and will take effect on December 1, 2005.

“Making sure that our children are protected is an essential function of government,” Granholm said. “This new common-sense law is one more tool we can provide to help parents protect their children from the effects of violence and graphic adult content.”
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“Making sure that our children are protected is an essential function of government,”

I would say that that is an essential function of BEING A PARENT. As a government, your job is to make sure that your entire constituency is protected from things such as crime. It's not a government's job to be the moral police over children, despite how much the US government seems to want to be.

Having said that, why are we all so worried about this? So they can't sell violent games to minors anymore, so what? They'll still get made, and they'll still get bought. This is one of those vaporlaws that will have exactly 0% effect on anything, since little Timmy will just have his big brother Tommy buy the game for him.

Score another one for the "Let's pretend we're doing something about an issue, but not really do anything" politicians. Governor Granholm is a sure bet for a United Nations job in a few years time.

Creston


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