Two years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that trying to regulate the sale of video games based on violent content was an unconstitutional violation of our First Amendment rights. To add to that, each year the Federal Trade Commission does a secret shopper survey showing that the video games industry self regulates far better than any other entertainment industry it studies.
Despite this, lawmakers continue to introduce legislation that attempts to regulate the sale of violent games. With a US Supreme Court ruling in favor of the video games industry's First Amendment rights, one would think that lawmakers would think twice about attempting such legislation. Yet, lawmakers in New Jersey and other states have not been paying attention.
Perhaps it is time that the sting of having legislation struck down in court as unconstitutional should shift from the tax payer to the lawmaker. What do you think should be the penalty for passing patently unconstitutional legislation? Please vote in the poll and share your thoughts here too.
- GamePolitics Correspondent E. Zachary Knight