US Supreme Court Divided in Violent Games Law
The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States appear to be in sharp division regarding a law in California which prohibits the sale of violent games to anyone who is below 18 years old.
The highest court in the country has decided to hear the case regarding the controversial law. Some justices believe that it may have violated the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Video games with features allowing players to set a human being on fire or maim or kill them in some other means is the subject of the case.
Justice Stephen Breyer said that it should be “commom sense” that if the law does not allow the sale of a “naked woman” picture to a young teen, it should also forbid the sale of scenes human killing or “of gratuitous torture of children” in video games.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. supported Breyer.
Justice Antonin Scalia said that the protection for freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment has never been applied to restrict violence in the media. He then asked if the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which have some nature of violence in them, can also be banned. Justice Sonia Sotomayor added if the same can be applied for rap music.
From the looks of it, the court may take time before deciding the case. Several other states aside from California have similar laws regarding sale of violent games.