Leland Yee: Supreme Court ruling puts Wal-Mart before US kids

Monday, 27th June 2011 22:00 GMT By Andrew Groen

The California state senator headlining the violent games case at the United States Supreme Court today said the ruling in favor of refusing to make the sale of adult game to minors illegal is a disservice to America’s children.

State senator Leland Yee was quoted by PC Magazine as saying that the Supreme Court “put the interests of corporate America” before the interests of children.

“As a result of their decision, Wal-Mart and the videogame industry will continue to make billions of dollars at the expense of our kids’ mental health and the safety of our community,” Yee went on to say.

“It is simply wrong that the videogame industry can be allowed to put their profit margins over the rights of parents and the well-being of children.”

The case was struck down today in a 7-2 decision in which several judges declared there to be no concrete evidence that videogames are causing adverse harm to the well-being of young players.

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  1. Phoenixblight

    You know Mr. Yee show me actual evidence of a child becoming violent after playing GTA because all the IVY league schools that have done studies have evidence that proves otherwise. Now go cry in a corner for your baba

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bloodyghost

    Bullshit. We gamers know it, and thank god the damn Supreme Justices know it.

    It’s funny how people infer that games make your kid kill themselves, do criminal things, and hurt others when I bet you that even if games never existed, poor parenting is more of something Yee should be talking about rather then violent video games.

    If your kid is playing violent video games, and you follow Mr. Yee and other wack jobs then guess what? Be a parent and do something.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    He doesn’t actually think that, he just wants people to think he does. Now he can be the empassioned little politician who fought for the kids and lost. What a hero.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. SuperTechnoFunk

    Ugh, this guy is so annoying. If people want kids to stop playing violent video games, then tell their parents to stop buying M rated games for them.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. McLovin85

    I’m not sure I entirely follow…

    Does this mean that as the law stands right now a kid can go into a store and buy any game he likes regardless of rating?
    In which case does that same rule apply to all media such as movies etc. because surely they have a ratings system. They definitely do when going to the cinema as I hear R-rated, PG-rated, NC-17-rated movies etc. written in articles the whole time.

    If that is the case then I see no real issue with this law and to be fair it should be made a law but then again I’ve grown up in the UK and that’s always been the case here.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 No, there are several other interest groups forcing the hands of retailers.

    This is a completely unneccesary legislative addition to that, which merely would’ve gotten Leland Yees name on it, rather than one of hte interest groups who have been enforcing ESRB and MPAA ratings for years.

    I don’t think the UK obscenity legislation is anything to be proud of, though. No free society should ever have grown ups telling other grown ups what they can and can not view.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. IL DUCE

    Try proving one statement you made right there buddy.

    @5 to answer your question more clearly, no it just means its not “illegal” for kids to play violent video games and its not enforced by law but you still cannot sell games to minors, the ratings still determine what age is appropriate for a game…this law would make it illegal for kids to play violent video games whatsoever, so parents couldnt even buy a kid the latest CoD (would hurt video game sales), and I guess it would be enforced somehow…and you would get in trouble if someone found out a kid was being exposed to a violent video game I guess…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. ultramega

    This guy can go to hell. Any form of censorship, when it infringes on the rights of others to express or access information, is totally wrong. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that we now live in the Internet age… and it’s getting harder and harder for people like this.

    #8 4 years ago

    This guy is a fucking douche bag. Typical scum bag politician. I don’t need the government to tell me how to raise my kid.

    @5. When a kid is able to buy an “M” rated game in a store, that store can impose what ever punishment they want to that employee. But the police can’t intervene. Same goes for movies. The rating system is in place for guidance, that’s it. The 16 year old kid selling tickets won’t be arrested for letting a 13 year old in an “R” rated movie. He might lose his or her job, but he cannot be arrested.

    That’s what this douche bag and the maid fucking-illegitimate kid having-fucking hypocrite-Terminator wanted.

    #9 4 years ago

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