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Senator Yee: Supreme Court Decision Favors Walmart Over Families
Senator Yee: Supreme Court Decision Favors Walmart Over Families
June 27, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi

A disappointed Senator Leland Yee expressed frustration over the Supreme Court's landmark video game decision Monday morning, saying that the Court favors "corporate America" over "our children."

"As a result of their decision, Walmart and the video game industry will continue to make billions of dollars at the expense of our kids’ mental health and the safety of our community," said Yee, citing psychological research that the Court's decision found inconclusive.

"It is simply wrong that the video game industry can be allowed to put their profit margins over the rights of parents and the well-being of children," he added.

Yee praised Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote in his dissenting opinion that "Extremely violent games can harm children by rewarding them for being violently aggressive in play, and thereby often teaching them to be violently aggressive in life."

"Justice Breyer...clearly understood the need to protect our children from the harmful effects of excessively violent video games and to give parents a tool in raising healthy kids," said Yee.

"While we did not win today, I am certain that this eight year legislative and legal battle has raised the consciousness of this issue for many parents and grandparents, and has forced the video game industry to do a better job at appropriately rating these games," Yee concluded.

Senator Lee, a child psychologist, spearheaded the California law that sought to prevent the sale and rental of violent games to children on the government level, which the Supreme Court today found unconstitutional.

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Paul Fish
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Yeah, this ruling was all about corporate greed and had nothing to do with 1st Amendment issues. Give me a break.

Rodolfo Rosini
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I'm glad someone is thinking about the children.

Cody Scott
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Walmart and corporate America already has, It is the policy of most stores (all stores that children frequent to my knowledge) to not sell games that have been rated inappropriate for their age group, to them.

Carlo Delallana
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How about tackling the "corporate greed" that is actually harming middle class families instead of the inconclusive evidence surrounding violent videogames (runaway financial institutions, etc). I'm sure our government has more important matters to address now that this sham is finally over.

Andrew Hernandez
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I know the word parenting is thrown around a lot, but in all honesty, that's the one thing that grown ups in this nation do less of. If they parented as much as they whined about their kids "safety" then maybe we wouldn't have people like Snooki getting paid more money to talk at a college as opposed to a Nobel Prize winner.

james sadler
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Seriously? I thought this whole case was about protecting the sweet innocent children, not about fighting corporate greed. I didn't even know Walmart had a fight in this case. WTF.

This whole thing comes down to the fact that there already is a rating system in tact (ESRB) that stores use to judge whether or not to sell a minor a game. If the store's employee decides not to enforce that rule then it is the store's obligation to handle that employee. I don't think we need the government to step in and enforce it themselves.

Beyond that though the parents should be teaching their kids not even to think of buying/playing a M rated game. I am not saying they need to police them, but teaching them, and making them understand why an M rated game is not right for them. If the parent chooses not to care if their child plays M rated games then it is on them to deal with the outcome should that child go crazy and kill their classmates, not the game company's or the retailer. Granted most kids are raised by strangers and the TV nowadays so there is no telling what will happen.

If the government really wants to stop kids from playing these games maybe they should talk to the retailers about imposing a tax benefit for lowering the number of underage sales. That way it becomes a much more two way street type of deal.

Cody Scott
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I have an idea, how about no more exporting factory jobs to china and start encouraging companies to build factories in the US.... That solves our unemployment problem, which would solve our economic problems, and since china does not enforce environmental standards like the US it would even make the those pushing for green everything happy. Then we can stop acting like the corporations that employ most of our citizens are evil.

Kale Menges
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Parents who depend on the federal government to raise their children and rely on politicians to decide and/or rationalize what is right or wrong for their children are already failures as parents.

Felipe Budinich
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