Congressman Baca submits his bill for the third time to add another warning label for parents about content in video games. The question we should ask the congressman is, Do we need another layer of regulation on an industry that already self regulates itself well?
I previously written about this issue twice already. However the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin has published a new article about his third attempt.
Baca’s bill, opposed by an industry trade group, would mandate the following message be printed on video game packages: “WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.”
The odd fact about this bill is that it will apply to cartoon games such as Mario Kart as well as violent realistic games such as Grand Theft Auto. Maybe our congressman rarely plays video games to know the difference.
Baca’s new bill is H.R. 4204 for this current session of congress.
I guess this is the week that Congressman Baca is announcing his legislation for this congressional session. First, it was amnesty for the smuggled children who enter our country. Now it is a return of Congressman Baca’s warning label for violent video games bill that is looking to be passed this year.
News of his violent video game label bill was also mentioned on my blog previously, and I guess we are sounding the alarm again to make sure this bill sinks in committee.
This bill is only designed to make the congressman look good in the press and there is already a video game content labeling system and it has been around for the last fifteen plus years and it is called the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and they have ratings so parents could choose the best content for their children and devices such as the XBOX or Nintendo Wii have parental control devices as well. So, if a child brings forth Grand Theft Auto 5 or Call of Duty, the family XBOX 360 will not play the game.
Also, we are facing a huge budget deficit to add new federal employees from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to monitor this proposed law and if the private industry can enforce their content successfully with retailers and content producers working together in harmony we should just let this successful partnership continue.
Although Joe Baca is my congressman, and I did call his office to express my displeasure last time he submitted this bill he probably could care less about my two cents. But if you do live in the 43rd Congressional District feel free to call his office.
Are you annoyed when a politician who is afraid of what bloggers may happen to say about them ends up censoring various websites that may be critical about their policies or agenda?
There is one likely way you can get back at them and still see the content. Use Google Reader. What will the county supervisors do next, ban Google? If Brad or Gary ban Google off county computers, then that would be a big embarrassment.
Google Reader is a web based application from Google where you can read various articles from your favorite blogs.
There is a local branch of the county library that I might be able to test my work-around against the censorship policies, but that would entail me getting a new library card.
Dear Congressman Sessions,
I am a registered Republican and I previously ran for State Assembly in 2002 in the state of California. However I am not that enthused that instead of undoing the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda, a segment of your members are going on a moralist campaign in censoring artwork at our national institution the Smithsonian.
Art is not just for traditionalists or for the counterculture. Art is for all of us, the Smithsonian serves all the people of our nation. To censor art, we remove ourselves from reality. Maybe if we learned why artists made their particular art we could understand the life and the issues of the artist.
I understand people are livid about how religion and religious figures are portrayed in the art by these queer artists. But maybe if religious people did not persecute homosexuals maybe we would not have these “controversial” pieces created.
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