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The Rabbits are Leading the Wolves to Their Dinner
Posted on Friday, January 18 2013 @ 01:42:12 Eastern

This began as a reply to Missouri Proposes Tax On Violent Video Games by Keri Honea.  It is posted here for length.

There is blatant hypocrisy in, on the one hand, being completely cavalier in advocating legislation whose very existence is not only illegal to the point that it threatens to undermine the majesty and integrity of federalism and the constitution but also the rule of law itself while, on the other hand, getting up on one's hind legs and shrieking at similar such legislation elsewhere because one's own ox is being gored.  One group in defending its interests without attacking others and another doing the same can work toward the same goals without contradiction.  Gamers and gun rights advocates (many of whom are the same people) should be working together to push back a wave of idiotic knee-jerk legislation that will solve nothing, violate the civil rights of over a hundred million Americans the day it passes (with a count skyrocketing from there) and ensure that incidents will keep happening and that frauds like the Brady Campaign will have their foot in the door and that foot will soon become everything else.  They won't, of course, and one day after Jack Thompson dies you will read a lionizing obituary of him.  They will not describe him as the joke and pariah that he deserved to be but a hero for 'thoughtful, well-considered and long overdue' censorship (here to be called 'reasonable content restrictions') and activist government.  Just picture it.

"Even through disbarment (likely orchestrated by a then-powerful videogame industry) he bravely fought on.  When the government-controlled ratings and approval board was created its standards were decried as draconian by a group of self-serving brats who refused to grow up and put their murder simulators away.  It is true the board has outright refused classification to many more pieces of media than it has permitted and in doing so has driven over 90% of all publishers and developers out of business.  This only tells us that developers adamantly refuse to cooperate with the board's perfectly reasonable standards.  With the forced shuttering of Rockstar Games as per the Thompson Act the last of his old foes have been beaten and the industry can finally get fully in line."

That will be history's verdict of a man too corrupt and debauched to practice law in a state which cannot even elect district attorneys without rampant fraud.  I need a drink.
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