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"25 to Life" Controversy

"25 to Life" Controversy
By: CJ Cassidy

How much violence is too much?

It's an age old debate; one that now has law enforcement officers across the country asking for your help as they protest a new video game called "25 to Life."

Police officers I spoke with, either received a copy of this e-mail telling them to petition the video game, or had already heard about the online protest and added their names to the growing list of protestors.

"The game definitely has violence in it, people are using weapons killing cops, there's blood in it a lot of bad language," our 13-year-old tester John Little says as he took a first look at the game.

So did he feel uncomfortable playing it? "Not really it's just a game," he says.

But, more than 120,000 police and other petitioners say in reality, "25 to Life" could do a lot more damage than you might think.

"It just bothers me to think my children, someone else's children could get on this and glorify the fact there's someone shooting a police officer for fun or a police officer shooting someone else making a game out of it. We don't do this as a game, and when it happens we take it very seriously," Lt. Chris Mouser with the Jackson Police Department says.

Mouser's seen other violent, graphic games, but he didn't hesitate when it came to signing up on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund web site to protest the game being sold or rented out in the US.

"The fact that all these people are coming together across the US and here in Missouri to try and get their legislators not necessarily ban this game but limit access, that makes it important to me," he says.

The game is rated "M" for mature.

Our tester agrees the game educates players on weapons and how to use them, but adds he's smart enough to know right from wrong.

"Maybe if they're too young," he says, "but if they're mature enough or old enough, then it's not a problem," Little says.

Little's parents also say games like this will come and go, and you can only hope the advice you've given your children helps them make the right decisions.

On another note, online petitioners had initially hoped to collect close to 18,000 signatures. They met that goal in the first two weeks.

You can visit this site for more information on this petition.

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