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Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com

Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com.

July 7, 2011, 8:30 pm

Sex and the Supremes

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Supreme Court video game ruling: Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence? – By Brian Palmer – Slate Magazine

Supreme Court video game ruling:�Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence? – By Brian Palmer – Slate Magazine.

Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence?

The Supreme Court struck down a California law regulating the sale of violent video games to children on Monday. Writing for the majority, Justice Scalia noted that, unlike sexual content, which can be regulated, violence has been part of children’s entertainment for centuries. History aside, do we know whether exposure to sex or violence is worse for children?

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Violent Video Game ban: Supreme Court strikes down California law that bans sale of Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto, Duke Nukem to minors.

Violent Video Game ban: Supreme Court strikes down California law that bans sale of Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto, Duke Nukem to minors..

Justices say California ban would violate children’s First Amendment rights.

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a California law that regulates the sale or rental of violent video games to children.

In a 7-2 decision, the court found that governments don’t have the power to “restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed.”

The ruling upheld an earlier federal appeals court decision that the state’s ban violated minors’ rights under the First Amendment.

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that the California law was “unprecedented and mistaken” and argued that there is a difference between protecting children from depictions of sex, and placing restrictions on depictions of violence.

“Certainly the books we give children to read – or read to them when they are younger – contain no shortage of gore,” Scalia wrote, citing Grimm Fairy Tales like Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Snow White.

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Discipline children, don’t criminalize them – El Paso Times

Imagine a child as young as 6 years old arrested for disrupting class.It seems like an unlikely scenario, but it is happening in Texas classrooms and these are not just for extreme, violent circumstances. Most arrests are for nonviolent disorderly conduct offenses.The number of Texas children receiving Class C misdemeanors is alarming. According to Texas Appleseed data, in the El Paso Independent School District, 1,447 students received Class C misdemeanor tickets from 2006-2007

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the right to …

… not only bear arms but to change tv channels at gunpoint, cf. “SAM AMAYA was six years old when he first pulled a gun on another person—his father, who was beating his mother. At eight he would produce the gun when he wanted his sister to change the channel from a soap opera to a cartoon.” [The Economist]

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