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“No legal reason why” violent games couldn’t be taxed

Tuesday, 14th May 2013 06:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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.

Thanks, Gamespot.

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  1. salarta

    What.

    I’m going to give Biden the benefit of doubt for now and assume that since he said no LEGAL reason, he’s merely saying that there are no laws that would prevent it, but that legal precedent is a different matter from whether or not it’s actually appropriate.

    Otherwise I’d have to consider such a statement to be beyond toolish, and a terrible excuse to try to suck money out of corporations and/or consumers rather than an attempt at doing something good.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. unacomn

    ”Biden made the comment in a closed-door meeting with religious leaders over gun control.”
    Isn’t that the definition of taxation without representation?
    Well, at least prices should go up enough for the US to know how much it hurts to buy a full priced game in euros.

    Also, that eagle doesn’t look freedomy enough.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. The_Red

    Behind “closed-door meeting with religious leaders over gun control”. Yes, well done.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    …says the vice president of a country that thrives on weapon trade. That is actual guns that kill people, not virtual toys.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Llewelyn_MT

    P.S. I have clocked 500+ hours in military shooters alone over the last 2 years and the only kind of people I want dead are people who speak BS, including those claiming that the games will make me a mass murderer.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Jerykk

    If we’re speaking in legal terms, it’s actually people that kill people. They can do it with guns, knives, hammers, baseball bats, forks, bricks, books, pipes, chains, plates, pencils and pretty much any sharp or blunt object.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. zme-ul

    @4 guns walk around dressed like people?

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Beta

    Bullcrap. Stop looking for a scapegoat and sort out your gun control laws

    #8 11 months ago
  9. ArithonUK

    @6 No, I think you’ll find that guns do kill, and far too easily. You never hear of a school “book” massacre, or a drive-by “hammering”, or a pencil assassination, do you?
    Guns are for murder. They cannot “protect”. If you want protection, you wear a kevlar vest.
    The problem is social acceptance. Like smoking, guns are socially acceptable in the US, not because they’re needed or sensible, but because “we’ve always done it this way”. It’s not a way of life, it’s a bad habit that needs breaking.

    As for taxing games and films for “violent content” start with books. Like the Bible. Some messed up shit in there.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. GwynbleiddiuM

    So in the end it was all about the money… And there’s no reason why Churches shouldn’t be taxed, go ahead and fix that first.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. silkvg247

    What a good idea, let’s pick and choose which form of creative medium we can slap more tax on, which doesn’t go against freedom of speech at all, or against the whole point of creativity!

    #11 11 months ago
  12. livewired500

    Yes, tax everything….more. that is our current government’s answer to everything.

    Oh they still want to take our guns away. Not from the criminals mind you (that costs too much), just the law abiding citizens.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. fuchikoma

    Selective oppression of certain forms of artistic expression; taxation without representation (or demonstrable reason); the targeting of an industry for collective punishment… No legal reason, really? If none of those count, it seems to show more of a problem with existing laws than with games.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @8: We’re talking about the Obama Administration here. They don’t do shit and pat themselves on the back for it.

    #14 11 months ago