A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, consisting of three old-school judges, decided that Minnesota can’t prohibit kids under 17 years of age from buying violent video games. Slam! All you teens under 17 can thank not just the court, but the forefathers of America themselves. That’s right. The court extracted a point which was quite obvious: these “violent videogames” are protected through the free speech clause under the First Amendment of the Constitution. They went on to state that the now outdated law could only be deemed legal if it was:
necessary to serve a compelling state interest and . . . is narrowly tailored to achieve that end.
With that, the claimants went home with their heads down and the children went home with their heads held high to bash in alien head with Halo, or whatever else they like. The kids of Minneapolis were head over heels on Monday probably wondering what would happen if the law would be passed. Guess more ass-kissing for the parents would have been in order.