Did the Games Make You Do It? Mark Shurtleff Doesn’t Really Think So
With this seemingly endless battle over whether violent games make people do violent things still looming on, Utah’s Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff is trying to decide if he wants to join the gaming industry in striking down the California law that bans the sale of violent games to teens. If he does, he already knows how he’s going to it.
How would Mark and the other attorneys general that are considering joining the battle help? By filing a friend-of-court brief that states their concerns with the law. This brief will explain the problems the law makes when it comes to freedom of speech, as well as possibly handing out court-approved excuses for crimes being committed. Basically, he doesn’t want someone going out and killing their neighborhood only to say in court “I play lots of Grand Theft Auto, it made me do it.”
But during his decision, Shurtleff was given a note by Common Sense Media asking him not to side with games because it would make him a hypocrite for supporting violent games when he claims to want to protect children.
The Supreme Court hearing will take place in October of this year.