NJ Democrats Push Anti-Game Propaganda Through Senate

New Jersey Senators Raymond Lesniak and M. Teresa Ruiz – both Democrats – have managed to push a proposal (bill S-2715) through the Senate. The bill commissions the New Jersey Department of Education to create a pamphlet that would provide information for parents about violent media. The proposal was part of Senate Democrats' gun safety plan. According to PolitikerNJ, the proposal has passed the Senate by a vote of 36-0 and is heading to the Assembly.

The pamphlet is designed to help parents "limit their children's exposure" to violent media. The Department of Education would then send this pamphlet to schools who would be responsible for getting it to parents. The information would also be posted on the department’s website.

“Studies have shown that a child on average views hundreds of thousands of acts of violence on television alone before the age of 18. With the additional exposure to video games, social media and the Internet, children can be flooded with these images which can lead to their becoming desensitized to violence,” said Senator Lesniak. “In coordination with our schools, we can work to combat this problem by helping parents counter the pervasive depictions of violence in the media. This will better protect the psychological and emotional wellbeing of our children.”

“Anything we can do to better empower families with relevant information that helps parents and guardians we should do,” said Senator Ruiz, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. “This is a positive way of allowing them to partner with schools in working with children to deal with media violence. It is a small but important step to help counter the tide of violence that has claimed the lives of too many young people.”

The problem with this bill is that the Senators involved in crafting the proposal relied on information gathered from two anti-violent media groups – the Parents Television Council and American Psychological Association’s 'Act Against Violence' program. In short, it's state sponsored propaganda.

But propaganda or not, if the citizens of New Jersey ignore this bill it will become the law…

Thanks to BearDogg-X for the link.

Source: PolitikerNJ

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    I don't see what grounds even a parent or a student would have to challenge the law. It isn't forcing the parent or the student to say anything. It is just another pamphlet in the massive stack of letters, pamphlets and fliers that parents get each year and ignore. 

    As for compelled speech, that still would not make it so. Think of the government as a business. They create policies and write policy statements. This action would be like an employer having its employees hand out copies of its policies. Like Gamestop having its store employees tell kids and parents that kids can't buy M rated games without a parent present.

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    BearDogg-X says:

    It would probably have to be challenged by a student or the parents of a student in a New Jersey public school. And I think with gamers becoming parents themselves, it's possible they would challenge this law(especially if industry offered to help pay legal fees), if it's passed.

    I think that this law would be ruled unconstitutional as compelled speech because it's favoring one viewpoint over the other.

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    Avalongod says:

    I tend to think the same.  I remember a private school near here used to hand out similar pamphlets to parents on their own accord and I don't think people paid much attention to them. 

    Granted its still a disappointment to see such nonsense given a veneer of legitimacy.

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    A pamphlet on the effects of media violence? Meh.

    If it has the same effect as the state Driver's manual, I'm not worried. Hardly anyone knows how to behave on the road and people have to take a test to know the stuff in the handbook before they're given a license to drive. A propaganda pamphlet on the (fantasy) effects of media violence is going to have no effect whatsoever, other than wasting taxpayer dollars on a piece of meaningless nonsense.

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    ClinkClank says:

    Hate to tell you but I am of "that" generation and have been totally opposed to any type of censorship no matter how heinous the subject matter all my life. I figure the best censor is the publics wallet. I've been an avid gamer since the Atari 2600 and am now a PC gamer exclusively, the last game being Bioshock Infinite. 

    The thing that bothers me about this pamphlet is that it will be tendered as an official publication of the NJ government and that in itself adds a certain legitimacy to its contents among the uninformed. It becomes part of the "big lie" much like German official antisemetic publications during the nazi era. "It's from the government so it must be so".


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    Avalongod says:

    aaahhh…I didn't know if they had a similar pamphet floating around the schools.  If so I was gonna say it's had probably zero impact on anyone. 

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    It is only compelled speech when the government forces a private entity to say something it doesn't want to say. This is the government telling a government body to tell the people something of dubious authenticity. It would be compelled speech if the government were forcing game stores to hand this out, like a proposed law in Oklahoma did. 

    I doubt that it could be challenged by the industry. 

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    Mr. Blond says:

    Hopefully the industry can challenge this if it passes. Compelled speech is just as much a First Amendment violation as suppressed speech.

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    black manta says:

    Tone-deaf politicians push through needless legislation.  Film at 11:00.

    You know, I'm pretty defensive of NJ, since it's the state where I was born and raised in.  I'm usually pretty proud of it and think it gets undeservedly dumped on.  But this is one of those times I think where they bring it on themselves (that and Jersey Shore).  And I'm actually ashamed to say I came from there.

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    Thomas Riordan says:

    First of all what the hell does this have to do with "gun safety" when it hasn't absolutely nothing to do with guns.

    "This will better protect the psychological and emotional wellbeing of our children.”

    How? By further sheltering them from reality and making them even weaker than they already are. Here's a better idea stop pushing psychosis enducing drugs on them in favor of them getting good grades. Then perhaps we'll have less kids snapping and shooting up their schools.

    And really this is your brillant idea a pamplet. Parents ignore the other 9 million sources of information and tools available to them in order to allow them to limit their children's exposure to violent media. But I'm sure this one will work wonders on this fictional problem.

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    bluelightrevival says:

    This is why i hate the educational system in this country. Its not about education its  about control. Why is it the schools job to coordinate with parents on how kids are raised. schools are not supposed to concern themselves with what kids watch or play outside of school.  School is about education, So stop overstepping your bounds.

    We force them to go to school by law them we shove propaganda like this down there throats. I love how they make it sound so nice saying we are allowing parents  to partner with the school to better kids emotional wellbeing. Bullshit.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Eh, Florida catches a lot of crap because of a lot of the insane stuff that goes on there, possibly partly because of all the retirees of the previous generation going there.

    Plus a certain infamous fallen crusader is from there.

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