Boston City Council sponsors union petition to ban children from UFC events

Robert Cianflone

Why bother making decisions as a parent when you can have the City Council do it for you?

It's bloody, it's brutal and it creates a culture of hate.

That's according to Boston City Council President Steve Murphy, who sponsored a petition to ban children 18 and under from attending any and all mixed martial arts (MMA) events held in "Beantown," which according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, may not be any time in the foreseeable future.

Find out why here.

UFC Fight Night 28 is already scheduled for the TD Garden this Saturday night (Aug. 17, 2013) and has drawn the ire of UFC haters like Wheelock College professor Diane Levin, an alleged "expert" on the impact violent entertainment has on children.

Her words (via CBS Boston)

"What seemed extreme 20 years ago seems almost tame today. [Kids] behave more violently after viewing it in their play and how they treat others. They're less likely to sympathize with victims of violence."

Sound familiar?

It should, considering the petition (read it here) to save our children was sponsored by (wait for it...) Unite Here, the culinary union waging war against ZUFFA -- parent company of UFC -- because of the way Station Casinos is run in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Get all the details behind that power struggle here.

If approved by the city council, the bill would still have to pass the state legislature. But by then, UFC will be long gone, moving on to more favorable markets with looser laws regarding what children can and can't do, which in my day, used to be up to the parents, not the city council.

I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way.

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