LOS ANGELES – The
Parents Television Council™, with more than one million members
nationwide, called on the Oklahoma Senate bring to vote and approve State
Senator Glen Coffee's legislation (HB 3004) that would ban the sale and
rental of violent video games to minors. The bill by Oklahoma State Rep.
Fred Morgan passed the House unanimously.
"This bill will protect children from the graphic violence
and explicit sex that is common in many video games 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,
the parents in Oklahoma want that to change," said Tim Winter, executive
director of the PTC.
Winter continued, "Voluntary compliance by the video game
industry has been a failure, as studies repeatedly prove that small children
are able to freely purchase adult-oriented games without providing proof of
age. In addition, medical research offers overwhelming evidence that these
ultra-violent games can cause damage to a child's brain. We hope the
Oklahoma Senate will follow the lead of other states and move quickly to
pass this law."
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 37 chapters across the country, chapter
directors have called on local city, county and state lawmakers to make the
sale restrictions of violent video games to children a high priority.
Violent video game legislation has passed in Michigan, Illinois and
California, and is being considered in many states including Missouri,
Kansas, and Minnesota as well as at the federal level in Congress.
To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please
contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 683-5004, ext. 140.