This might belong in the games section, but since only gamers venture over in that dark corner, the responses would be very biased.
From the AP via avault:
Hmm...so it must be video games that cause violent crime, not drugs/alcohol/poverty/gangs/anything else.The Honduran Congress last week voted to ban the sale and distribution of violent video games as part of its effort to halt growing crime and lawlessness. The country's lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of the new legislation. The president was expected to sign it into law. The proposal includes the prohibition of several games such as Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil. The lawmakers also banned the sale of any toy that resembles a gun or knife. The new legislation would take effect in June 2003 - giving business officials six months to clear their shelves of the newly banned toys. President Ricardo Maduro was elected a year ago on the promise to adopt a New York City zero-tolerance against crime.
Another quote, this time from Indianapolis:
Read the rest of the article hereINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Coin-operated video games in which people are decapitated, dismembered, mutilated or maimed will soon be off-limits to children in Indianapolis.
Mayor Bart Peterson signed a video-game-violence law Monday, saying it was an opportunity for the city to put its foot down on what he called a burgeoning culture of violence.
The law requires coin-operated games featuring graphic violence or strong sexual content to have warning labels and be kept at least 10 feet from nonviolent game machines. They must also be separated by a curtain or wall so minors cannot view them. The law bars people under age 18 from such games unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Peterson called the law — believed to be the first of its kind in a major U.S. city — a necessary first step.
''The importance of it is that it's an effort to begin to attack the culture of violence that I believe surrounds our young people these days virtually from the day they're born,'' the mayor said.
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