Do violent video games inspire kids to commit acts of violence?
There are not two parents in this country who have not had that conversation between themselves, and with their friends. But it’s soon going to go a lot higher: all the way to the Supreme Court.
This week, the court agreed to review the constitutionality of a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. It’s a law that sponsors say is necessary to protect children from violence, but which video game makers denounce as a violation of the First Amendment.
The answer hinges on whether you can prove a connection between watching, or playing, violent games and performing acts of violence. And, on that point, there is no doubt. Remember Columbine.
Of course, there’s a connection! Why do we ban the sale of pornography to children? Because we know the harm it would do and the unhealthy behavior that might result. Nobody disputes that.
All the more reason, then, to ban the sale of violent video games or movies to children – as even Clarence Thomas will probably agree. After all, we know he’s watched plenty of pornography. Now he’ll have to watch some violence, too.