US vice president Joe Biden has said there’s no legal objection to imposing a tax on violent media.
Biden made the comment in a closed-door meeting with religious leaders over gun control. As reported by Politico, Biden was asked to respond to a proposal from Reverend Franklin Graham that companies which produce violent media – including movies and games – could be taxed, with the proceeds awarded to the victims of violent crimes.
Biden said that there was “no restriction on the ability to do that, there’s no legal reason why they couldn’t” implement such a tax in the United States.
No peer-reviewed study has ever demonstrated a direct causative link between violent media and violent actions, according to UKIE boss Jo Twist, and there is significant pressure in the US to tighten gun control rather than access to media.