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In response to his column “Protecting kids trumps ‘creative freedom'” (Nov. 4 and TribLIVE.com), I’d like to respectfully remind Jack Markowitz that the amendment that allows him to support the banning of violent video games in a newspaper is the same amendment that protects game developers.

These men and women are some of the hardest-working people in their fields today. Banning their products would be putting out the fire in a very successful industry at a time when industry is suffering.

If these people are not allowed to express their opinions in their chosen artistic medium, why stop at banning the sale of violent video games• I’d like to quote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg regarding this issue: “If you are supposing a category of violent materials dangerous to children, then how do you cut it off at video games• What about films• What about comic books• ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’?”

If video games are allowed to be treated specially, that leads to precedent — the government could reserve the right to ban anything it wants if that thing is treated as “special” like a video game.

I do agree with Mr. Markowitz on one point: Parents, pay attention to your kids’ games. We don’t need the government to do that for us.

Timothy Rinehart

Philadelphia


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