The urge to ban things we dislike or fear, “moral panic,” is a tradition in the US. Someone someplace is always looking to ban something. Thank God for the Constitution’s framers because they understood this to be true. An article at reason.com, A Short History of Game Panics, is about video games. It has an interesting passage about Columbine and also former Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) Not only was he for banning guns, video game but also many books and still works for a group that wants to ban Huckleberry Finn and other such books, he has admitted that he would rewrite the 1st amendment if he could . . .
As you read Reason’s chronicle of the anti-game gang, a few things become clear. Anyone who wants to ban something has the following things in common:
1) They believe they have a moral right to impose their view on society and their morals, feelings and fears trump your rights.
2) They all lie. See the linked article, feminist Andrea Dworkin lied saying that a video game was causing hundreds of rapes of native Indian women when in reality there was only one loosely connected incident — ever.
3) It is pure emotional fear. They get an idea in their heads and they can’t get it out so everyone else is responsible for getting the fear out of their heads although the fear is purely theirs
4) The media elevates them and their cause to sensational effect (See the Columbine section) — and then the sheep follow.
5) Fear is their driving factor, but there is no evidence that there really is a problem except for isolated, outlier cases of which the connection is later proven to be false or dubious at best.
In short, from Prohibition to bans against video games to guns, these people feed on media attention, irrational fears and, above all, ego to believe that their views feelings and fears trump your rights.