video games don't kill people, etc.
They're closing down internet cafes in Southern California because of violence breaking out among the youths hanging out at the cafes.
They're blaming it on violent video games.
In Garden Grove, gang fights, baseball bat beat-downs, and even a deadly stabbing have occurred at cybercafes. Groups of teens playing violent games online, sometimes betting money on the results, and other gang activity around the cafes are primarily to blame, legislators say.
Key words: gang activity. If these kids were playing "Let's Hunt for Blues Clues," they would still break out in fights.
After one teenager was followed home from an Internet cafe before being shot and killed, and another boy was shot outside a cafe in Los Angeles, City Councilman Dennis Zine filed a motion for the Los Angeles Police Department to assess how many incidents have occurred, according to Kim Friedman, director of media relations for Zine.
"There are virtually no regulations on cybercafes in Los Angeles and that's the problem," said Zine. "We need to find out what rules and restrictions will be appropriate so we can maintain safety and it's all about safety.
Hey, here's an idea. Why don't you control the crime taking place outside of the cafes, like...on the streets? Why regulate cybercafes? What about any place that has arcade games in it, like movie theaters or pool halls?
If it's all about the safety, crack down on gang activity because it seems like that is the basis for this problem, not violent games.
Gangs are not born out of video games. Have you ever seen a gang called the Vice City Crips? The Everquest Bloods?
Gangs are made on the streets and then they move in to wherever they can find trouble. Take care of the gang problem, you take care of the violence in the cybercafes.