Don’t miss this month’s Libertarian Party of Orange County meetup where Tom Hanson will be speaking. His topic will be “The War on Video Games”. If you or your kids like to play, come learn about how our government wants to take that right away (rhyme intended).
If you don’t know Tom, he has been chair of the Libertarian Party of Orange County for two years and loves video games.
The Monthly Meetup will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 7:00 PM at Karl Strauss Brewery, located at 901 South Coast Drive, in Costa Mesa, which is in the Metro Pointe Shopping Center.
In 2008, records held by the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Office of Justice Programs indicated that arrests for violent crime in the US had decreased since the early 1990s in both children and adults. This decrease occurred despite increasing sales of violent video games and increases in graphically violent content in those games.
A 2011 study by the Center for European Economic Research found that although violent video games might increase aggression they also have a paradoxical effect of reducing crime. This is possibly because the time spent playing games reduces time spent engaged in more antisocial actives. The study states that violent video games “paradoxically may reduce violence while increasing the aggressiveness of individuals by simply shifting these individuals out of alternative activities where crime is more likely to occur.”
On 27 June 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association. Video games were protected speech under the First Amendment. The case centered on a California law that sought to restrict sales of violent video games to minors. The video game industry, led by the Entertainment Merchants Association and the Entertainment Software Association, successfully obtained an injunction on the bill, believing that the definition of violence as stated in the California law was too vague and would not treat video games as protected speech. This opinion was upheld in lower courts, and supported by the Supreme Court’s decision. The majority of the justices did not consider the studies brought to their attention as convincing evidence of harm, and stated that they could not create a new class of restricted speech that was not applied to other forms of media. However, Justice Breyer’s minority decision found the evidence more convincing.
On 3 April 2013, Dianne Feinstein, a Californian senator and Democrat, spoke in San Francisco to a group of 500 constituents about gun violence. She said, video games have “a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that” and that Congress might have to step in if the video games industry did not cease to glorify guns.