Today the Supreme Court overturned a Californian law attempting to ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, California no doubt citing all of the countless studies that claim that violent video games can do everything from retard children's mental development to turning them into murdering psychopaths. The vote was 7-2, stating that the law violated minor's First Amendment rights.
That's right. The US Constitution protects kids right to play violent games.
"No doubt a state possesses legitimate power to protect children from harm," said Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion. "But that does not include a free-floating power to restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed." Justice Scalia also pointed out that there's a proud tradition of scarring children with violent content, citing traditional fairy tales.
And not for nothing, we have Disney, which has long been a benchmark for everything kid and kid-friendly related, with a long history of barely concealed violence in their product. Malificent, anyone? Pocohontas? The Lion King? Minors have been joyfully exposed to violence, murder and psychos by parents all too happy to sit them in front of the tv.
So...California? Looks like the kids are gonna keep playing in all those blood and guts. And there's nothing you can do to stop them.