It’s a new Congress and Congressman Joe Baca (D CA-43) has again introduced a bill to put warning labels on video games. He is supported by Congressman Frank Wolf (R VA-10). “The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011” would put the follow label on video games:
`WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.’
While Congressman Baca cites “scientific studies,” the vast majority of studies show that there is no casual link between violent video games and negative aggressive behavior.
There are many issues before us in 2011. We need bi-partisan willingness to work together, but this isn’t what we had in mind. Not only are the reasons for this bill’s introduction on shaky ground, the bill would constitute a prior restraint on speech. The video game industry already has a rating system, the ESRB, which is the most enforced media retail system out there according to the FTC.
One piece of unconstitutional legislation is in front of the Supreme Court and this one will go to court too, if need be. Tell Congressman Baca and the rest of the House of Representatives to stop playing games and get to more important work.
If this bill passes, Congress will be saying that they agree with shaky science and unproven hypothesis. This piece of legislation went no where in the last Congress and we need to make sure it goes no where in this one too. Write your Congressman today.