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Get the Shooting, Killing and Robbing Out of Your System Now

Movies like Last Action Hero are Protected Under Free Speech

Arnold Schwarzenegger vs EMA, also known as California vs Electronic Merchants Association is a supreme court case involving video games set for Nov. 2, 2010. This case involves California Assembly Bills 1792 & 1793, signed by the Governator into law on Oct. 7, 2005. 

The bills were voted down by an appellate court at the Federal level in 2009 finding no evidence that establishes that games are any more harmful than violent television, movies, internet sites or other speech related exposures. 

The 2 bills, if approved, will place ultra-violent video games under the “harmful matter” of the penal code and  force retailers to display signage detailing the ESRB rating and separate the M-Rated games from all others. 

Games like Grand Theft Auto are Protected by Free Speech

California’s penal code “harmful matter” section allows anyone who sells, rents, distributes or exhibits “ultra-violent” video games to be fined up to $2,000 and imprisoned by up to a year. 

The hypocrisy of Schwarzenegger should be obvious here. It could take someone 2 years of playing GTA every day to rack up as many dead bodies as Schwarzenegger did on the big screen with all of his blockbuster flicks. And there’s a difference, video games place cartoon characters in imaginary situations while he stars in action films as a hero in exaggerated real life situations. 

Anyone who wants to make sure the Supreme Court makes the right decision should sign this online petition. 

The Gamer Petition- Video Games are Protected by Free Speech Under the First Amendment

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  1. September 4, 2010 at 4:53 PM

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