We would expect the law-and-order state attorneys general, many of whom were elected on promises to protect children and families, to weigh in on this important case and stand up against the harm to children. Eleven state attorneys general have joined a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief on the side of California to stop the sale of violent video games to children: Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.
So far, the other 38 state attorneys general are either ducking this issue, hoping the voters won't notice, or are even considering signing an amicus brief in favor of violent video games! Apparently, some care more about getting big campaign contributions than upholding their campaign promises.
Money talks, and the video game industry has megabucks to lobby and motivate politically ambitious public officials. State attorney general is an office that is frequently seen as a stepping stone to be elected governor.
The deadline for states to submit arguments in this case is Sept. 17. State attorneys general are now making their decisions about whether to be on the side of the children or the video game industry.
The California supervising deputy attorney general defending the law limiting sales of violent video game to kids, Zackery Morazzini, said, "It's our understanding that there's a pretty intense lobbying effort" by the video game industry. Given that plenty of money is available to support aggressive lobbying by the wrong side, families need to speak up and tell their state attorney general to get on the right side.
In Utah, pro-family legislators and voters held a press conference on Aug. 23 to tell their attorney general to help protect children against violent video games. Groups in other states should do likewise, and fast.
State attorneys general may hold the key to which side wins this landmark legal case. It's time for families to make clear to their own state attorney general that the voters will hold them accountable for what they do about this problem of filling children's minds and memories with gory, criminal images.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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