call on Reps. Dan Sullivan, Mark Liotta, Dale DeWitt, Jeff Hickman and Todd
Hiett, to allow a vote on the violent video games legislation which would
ban the sale and rental of violent video games to minors. 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.
"There is no reason why the House should not bring this bill up for a vote
again this session since it passed unanimously the last time. Any
Representative who blocks passage of this legislation is siding with the
video game industry which continues to shirk its responsibility to families.
we've seen time and time again, the video game industry has failed to comply
voluntarily as they said they would to ensure that children do not gain
access to adult-oriented video games. Yet studies have repeatedly proven
that children have been able to freely purchase these violent video games
without providing proof of age.
hope the Oklahoma House will vote soon to protect the children of their
constituents instead of the multi-billion dollar video game industry,"
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.