'Virtual' violence is not the issue

The Boston Herald weighs in on the Massachusetts fight for video game legislation: "We know of no direct link between violent video games and the actual violence that has ensnared so many young Bostonians of late. Perhaps Mayor Tom Menino knows something we don't.

Or not. Perhaps the effort to ban the sale of violent video games to minors is instead just another example of the mayor throwing a big idea against the wall in the hope that it might stick.

But unlike moving City Hall to the waterfront or linking the Public Garden to the Esplanade, this one is, shall we say, constitutionally problematic. Other states have been stopped cold in their efforts to ban the sale of violent video games to kids - as recently as yesterday, when a three-judge panel blocked Minnesota's bill. The state failed to prove such games hurt children, judges said."

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