Byline: Kate Clements Daily Herald Staff Writer
Carpentersville has dropped plans to ban violent video games from public places where children could have access to them.
While village ordinance committee members expressed concern that children are exposed to excessive violence from a variety of sources, the advisory panel decided not to pursue a ban on the games last week.
"It doesn't seem to be a problem here in Carpentersville," said Trustee Carole Cardot, a member of the ordinance committee. "I don't think we need an ordinance like that."
Ordinance committee member Mark Davids suggested that the village talk to business owners and encourage them to avoid violent video games before resorting to an actual ban.
The ban was first proposed by ordinance committee member Chuck Stastny, a former law-enforcement official who said he was worried about the implications of exposing children to violent "shoot-em-up" games. While the village cannot control what video games parents allow their children to play at home, it can and should do something about access to violent games in public places, he said. …