STOPPING VIOLENCE ON TV by governmental mandate?
That would be like trying to stop any widespread behavior, according to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). "We tried it once," he said. "It was called prohibition."
Alcohol, like fictional violence, is tough to keep away from human beings. Regulating behavior never works, Lautenberg said, speaking at a Senate committee hearing on violence. But having parents monitor kids' entertainment habits isn't enough, many senators said. At the same time no one could come up with a reasonable way to curb or change the preponderance of violence in TV show -- especially with freedom of speech concerns.