The Parents Television Council (PTC) has a short editorial up on its site in which the organization defends the California law at the heart of Schwarzenegger vs. EMA, claiming that the videogame industry has “resorted to half-truths to try to make its point.”
As far as the law restricting First Amendment rights, the PTC says it “does no such thing,” but “merely prevents the most objectionable content from being sold directly to children.”
Do children also have a "right" to purchase cigarettes and alcohol? Of course not! If the law prevents children from directly purchasing other types of material that is inappropriate or harmful for them, why shouldn’t parents be able to rest easy knowing their child won’t be able to buy ultra-violent games without their permission?
The PTC went on to state that the industry, “like the violent thugs which populate so many of the games it sells,” has responded with personal attacks.
Responding to the ESA’s campaign to send California State Senator Leland Yee broken controllers with “I Believe in the First Amendment” scrawled on them, the PTC stated “such mail is simply the industry throwing a temper tantrum and trying to intimidate someone who dares to hold them to the standards the gaming industry itself allegedly endorses.”
The editorial blitz ended with:
The videogame industry and those who support them are bullies, plain and simple. The PTC urges its members to stand up to the billionaire game companies that profit from selling sex and violence to children.