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Gamers Go Toe-to-Toe With the Governator

by Rainier on Aug. 10, 2007 @ 5:36 p.m. PDT

Last week Anti-Video Game Bill AB1179 was recalled for being unconstitutional, but California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger intends to appeal that ruling. Gamers need to unite, and make the Governor understand that video games deserve the same First Amendment protections as his action movies, and stop wasting millions of taxpayers' dollars in court. Write NOW!

After Federal Judge Ronald Whyte, declared California's Anti-Video Game Bill, AB1179, unconstitutional as it would have regulated video games, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now will appeal the ruling and wants the law back. He is completely disregarding the Constitution, court rulings across the country, and the ESRB's successful progress in educating parents on how to protect their children.
Governor Schwarzenegger, who signed this bill into law, has said, "I will vigorously defend this law and appeal it to the next level." - It is critical that you and other Californians write the Governor so he knows that you vigorously oppose this law. Being an action movie star, the Governor should understand that our video games deserve the same first amendment protections granted to his movies. As other states have paid over a million dollars in court fees in defending this legislation, his appeal will only lead to an even larger waste of taxpayer dollars, and the governor's time.

After Federal Judge Ronald Whyte, declared California's Anti-Video Game Bill, AB1179, It's time the former movie star Governor stop his hypocritical attack on video games. As video gamers, parents, voters and taxpayers, we need to stop him.

Write a letter in your own words, and tell Governor Schwarzenegger that the California government does not need to do the work of the ESRB, it is an effective system just like movie ratings, and instead he should focus on educating parents about parental controls and the ESRB - and simply leave video games alone!

You can find the ruling on the California law here (PDF).

Please spread the word to other Californians and if you blog, share this action with others!

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