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Tax on “violent” videogames proposed by Missouri representative

Wednesday, 16th January 2013 12:57 GMT By Nick Akerman

Republican Diane Franklin of Camdenton, a representative of Missouri, believes a sales tax should be placed on violent video games following the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

In this context, Franklin doesn’t appear to understand what “violence” actually means. As reported by PC Gamer, her bill proposes “the term ‘violent video game’ means a video or computer game that has received a rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board of Teen, Mature, or Adult Only.”

By her logic, games such as The Sims 3 would receive sales tax. If the bill succeeds, games can expect a 1% tax that will be spent on financing mental health programs designed to stop mass shootings in the US.

It’s worth noting no other medium is being targeted in the plans.

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18 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    Why isn’t this considered for violent movies and music?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    Erm, why not increase the tax on guns and ammo instead. By a fucktonne.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Mineral4r7s

    #2 easy. weapon lobby > game lobby

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Faceless

    @1 Neither films nor music are interactive.

    Note that I do not support this notion, but I can see why games are more prone to being the scapegoat, besides being the youngest entertainment medium.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. CyberMarco

    @4 I don’t support this kind of reaction either, I was been sarcastic to the politician.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Yoshi

    LMAO so now they’ll be profiting from “violent” games XD How exactly is that going to solve anything lmao… best story ever!

    What bothers me is why the school shooting has been blamed all on games, seriously where the fuck did that come from?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    Hahaha good luck with that asshole. Love how this bitch from fucking Missouri gives a shit about what goes on in ten states away Connecticut. If this was a school shooting in Compton,CA none of this shit would have even spun this far and to be quite frank no one would have gave a shit. But of course since its a school in the suburbs of Connecticut this asshole Republican from halfway across the country wants to try to change the world and make it safer by taxing violent videogames.

    GOD I hate Republicans!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    It didn’t pass in California so why would think it would pass in Missouri. The supreme court will stop it just because there is no evidence to provide that violent videogames makes violent people not to mention they are going after one type of media.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Joe Musashi

    Death and taxes? Inevitable.

    JM

    #9 2 years ago
  10. TrivialAntics

    This is the nature of lawmakers and politicians in our country. A great deal of them are transparent people. Their actions are the window to their intentions. They will find ANY excuse to impose a tax. This country is screaming bloody mary because of all the taxes they shove down our throats. Meanwhile politicians already know that imposing taxes has never made a difference as a deterent to anything. There are still millions upon millions of Americans smoking cigarettes after the tremendous taxes they repeatedly glued to those. Anybody see those politifians still around saying it didn’t work and we need a new approach?
    Nope. Money’s in the bank, we’re done here, that’s the real protocol behind closed doors. If they REALLY cared, they’d spend all the money on lung cancer patients. Diane Franklin can paint it up however she likes, but we know the truth because while she sure has a concise idea about how the money should be taken, i don’t see a drop of info concerning her mental health program at all. Forgive my skepticism, but we’ve been down this road before.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DSB

    You can’t tax any form of expression, but in Missouri, they’ll sure as hell try!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. stretch215

    @7 +100. Kids are killed by stray bullets in the inner cities damn near every day. According to the media, their lives aren’t worthy of more than 5 lines in the local paper. Nobody is asking for sweeping changes in the law when they die. This assault rifle ban is also ridiculous. Handguns kill exponentially more people.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 That’s what bothers me, to say nothing of all the close call incidents where a guy loses his shit and decides to shoot at kids for rolling his house, or off a street preacher for spouting nonsense. Both of those things have happened in my (otherwise peaceful) area.

    Mass media being mass media, apparently it does take an unspeakable tragedy to start asking questions.

    I don’t think it’s about clipsizes or muzzlebrakes, I think it’s about semi-automatics. There’s no reason why you need a rate of fire that high unless you’re shooting at a moving target, at which point you’re no longer hunting, and just spraying down the forest.

    I think a lot fewer people would want to be in a gunfight where they had to manuallly rechamber after each round. But I guess that’s wishful thinking. I don’t see any reason why people should have military arms under any circumstance. They’re not designed to shoot wildlife.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. deathm00n

    @13 And why do you need guns at all? That’s one thing me as a foreigner never understood about you americans. Oh look my kid now have 15, what’s a good and healthy thing to give him for birthday? Oh, a gun would be fun, let’s teach him how to hunt.

    Two stupid things in my opinion, guns for normal people and hunt without the need for food or profit. Here even if you want to shoot as a sport it takes you a lot of time to get licenses and everything else you need for it.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Gigabomber

    Movies glorify gun violence much more often than video games. There are many school shootings in movies, not in video games. Tax games to fund mental health? like tobacco for cancer? video games have been proven to cause mental health issues?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @14 Actually I’m European, but I’m applying for a visa to stay.

    The simple reason is history and random circumstance. Europeans talk a lot about history, but Americans seem to really live theirs in an entirely different way.

    Segregation, slavery and the civil war is ancient history, but it’s very much a part of everyday life in the South where I stay. Not much has really been resolved in peoples minds. The North is still thousands of miles away.

    Of course in time it’s just become a cultural thing to have guns everywhere. People see it as part of their identity. On the most basic level, most people love to hunt (many do it every single weekend) and people are fascinated with guns, obviously because they go boom and are fun to shoot.

    Some people feel the same way about meth amphetamines and heroin, and we don’t allow those, so it’s not a sensibility that makes any real logical sense. It probably did in 1788, but with time, it’s become a different beast.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. theevilaires

    “Segregation, slavery and the civil war is ancient history, but it’s very much a part of everyday life in the South where I stay. Not much has really been resolved in peoples minds. The North is still thousands of miles away”.

    Dude it could be a million years after the fact. The south will always be like that. I hope you get your visa since you want to stay and good luck down there. If you’re single I bet you’re getting a ton of girls cause they’re easy and simple minded down there. All you have to do is say a few words in your (annoying) Euro accent and they’d be all over you :D have fun man.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @17 Yeah…. Kinda sorta my wife you’re talking about there.

    Thanks though :D

    #18 2 years ago

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