Congress could legislate violent games – US senator

Saturday, 6 April 2013 18:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

California senator Dianne Feinstein believes the government could legislate the sale violent games in US if the industry doesn’t cut back on violence in its games.

Speaking in San Francisco this week, Feinstein said if something isn’t done soon, Congress will have to step in, because games play “a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that.”

“If Sandy Hook doesn’t do it, if the knowledge of these video games [the shooter] played doesn’t, then maybe we have to proceed, but that is in the future,” said Feinstein.

Feinstein also said the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers have intimidated legislators in the gun control debate, and will throw all kinds of money at her Republican opponents who disagree with her in future elections.

In 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States found a proposed law barring the sale of violent games to minors in California unconstitutional, with justice Antonin Scalia stating the bill did “not comport with the 1st Amendment.”

Thanks, GI International.