LOS ANGELES (January 25, 2006) – The
Parents Television Council,
with more than a million members nationwide, applauded Missouri State
Representative Jeff Harris for introducing legislation that would ban
the sale and rental of violent video games to minors. The PTC called on
the Missouri legislature to quickly pass the bill and send it to the
Governor Matt Blunt for signature.
"This bill would allow children to be protected from
graphically violent video game content without infringing on the rights
of adults. Currently, retailers have no legal obligation to curtail the
selling of graphic, harmful and violent video games to minors," said Tim
Winter, executive director of the PTC.
Over the past year, the PTC has intensified its efforts
to increase public awareness to the impacts of violent video games and
their affects on children. Working with its 35 chapters across the
country, chapter directors have called on local city, county and state
lawmakers to make the sale of violent video games to children a high
priority. Violent video game legislation has passed in Michigan,
Illinois and California and is being considered at the federal level in
"The industry's so-called self-solution is an abysmal
failure, as studies repeatedly prove that small children can easily
purchase adult-oriented games. In addition, medical research at Indiana
University and Michigan State University shows that these games can
cause damage to a child's brain. We hope the Missouri legislature will
follow the lead of other states and move quickly to pass this law,"
"Millions of my fellow Missourians recognize that this
type of bill would protect children from gaining access to violent video
games. It's a measure that parents can wholeheartedly approve," said
Tim Maupin, Kansas City Chapter director for the PTC.
"It's likely that the billion-dollar video game industry
will oppose this measure for financially-motivated reasons but they are
certainly not looking out for our children."