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.