by Gena Michael
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
If you thought New York was quickly becoming a nanny state then brace yourselves, New Jersey is soon to follow.
Governor Chris Christie is pushing legislation to ensure the Garden State quickly follows in the freedom-infringing footsteps of its neighbor. Governor Chris Christie recently announced his plan to propose legislation to ban the sale of so-called violent video games such as Call of Duty to minors without parental permission. “This is just common sense and means that parents and legal guardians are actively engaged and aware of the kinds of games their kids are buying and renting,” says Christie.
While the legislation is unlikely to pass, as the Supreme Court already struck down a similar proposal in California in 2011 citing free speech, it does give us some insight into the zany antics and motives of present-day Chris Christie and his slow but steady transformation into a freedom inhibiting, gun grabbing, Obama loving liberal.
First and foremost, Governor, the state of New Jersey is not your household. I don’t care what your kids are allowed and not allowed to do, it is not your job to legislate parental responsibility outside of your own home. Christie stated that not allowing games like Call of Duty in his home is “…a decision we’ve made.”
If Governor Christie is trying to exemplify himself as a role model by attempting to limit violent video games in the hands of New Jersey’s youngins, it seems to be a “do as I say, not as I do” type of expectation. The outspoken Governor recently called his New Jersey shoreline sand dune proposal opposers “bullsh*t” at a recent Town Hall meeting — after asking the chitlins to “cover their ears” first. At what expense is Christie willing to shelter “the children” from violence but drops the BS bomb in a crowd of constituents? Better slap on the earmuffs next time you take your kid to a Christie speech or worse yet, a 2016 Christie presidential rally.
So why exactly is Christie interested in what video game your teenager is playing? Decreasing youth violence? Curbing gun violence? Let’s hear the Governor’s reasoning in his own words. When asked if his proposed legislation would curb gun violence on New Jersey 101.5, he said, “I don’t know. Bad people are going to do bad things and so, would greater penalties deter people? You hope they do.”
Yeah Governor, you hope they do, however, imposing a limitation on a “violent” video game for a 16 year old boy doesn’t really create a penalty for what hasn’t happened (and has a reasonable chance of not happening) now does it? Sounds like the bromance he’s having with Obama is really having an effect on his logical thinking.
I’m sorry folks but further limiting real and digital guns is not the answer to reducing violence, especially when gun ownership is at its highest since 1993 and gun related homicides are down 39%, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.