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Praise for Huntsman

Published April 5, 2009 9:11 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2009, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The trade association for retailers of video games and DVDs, the Entertainment Merchants Association, applaud Gov. Jon Huntsman for his courageous veto of the ill-conceived video-games bill, House Bill 353 ("Huntsman zaps video-games bill," Tribune , March 25).

We are heartened to see an elected leader look beyond the emotion and rhetoric surrounding the issue of video games and evaluate a proposal on its merits.

Retailers have a strong record of keeping inappropriate video games out of children's hands. Nationally, according to the Federal Trade Commission, four out of five children sent in to video stores to buy mature-rated games were turned away. Industry figures for Utah are even higher -- a 94 percent turn-down rate.

House Bill 353 would have done nothing to keep violent and sexually explicit video games out of the hands of children. In fact, it might have made it easier because retailers would likely have stopped enforcing the ratings to avoid lawsuits.

Gov. Huntsman's veto was a victory for common sense and for parents.

Sean Bersell Vice president, public affairs Entertainment Merchants Association

Encino, Calif.