Saturday, December 03, 2005

Ban on video games shot down

Let's hear it for putting responsiblity back into the hands of parents. While Governor Blagojevich might have made a very few conservatives happy with this, it was easy to see it was a blatant ploy to look like he was protecting "the children of Illinois." State retailers are happy that this system of fines didn't go through.

Federal Judge Matthew Kennelly was right on in this decision. It does encroach upon First Amendment protections, though it does so very lightly. We cannot ban things simply because they're tasteless. Nor can we fine retailers for selling legal products to legal buyers. The mission of parents to watch what their kids do has been set back on the proper course.

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