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State Rep. Proposes Tax on Violent Games

Newtown legislator suggests 10 percent tax to fund mental health and addiction education.

State Rep. Debralee Hovey (R-Monroe, Newtown) has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to add a 10 percent sales tax to video games rated “mature” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), a rating system wildly used throughout the gaming industry.

According to the bill, HB 5735, the funding raised from the surcharge will be put toward research and education surrounding mental health, addiction and antisocial behavior, specifically, “to provide funds for education concerning the danger of violent video games.”

The bill comes less than two months after Newtown resident Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, intent on massacring young children and faculty. Lanza was known to have been a fan of first-person shooter video games, particularly realistic, military-style games such as Call of Duty.

Both the House and Senate Committees on Finance, Revenue and Bonding are currently considering the bill.

A report on GameSpot.com cites similar legislation proposed in Missouri that would levy a 1 percent tax on games rated “teen” through “adult only,” with the funding put toward “treatment of mental health conditions associated with ‘exposure’ to violent video games.”

Donald Borsch Jr. February 07, 2013 at 03:34 PM
"The bill comes less than two months after Newtown resident Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, intent on massacring young children and faculty. Lanza was known to have been a fan of first-person shooter video games, particularly realistic, military-style games such as Call of Duty." Now this is a can of worms just opened...
Donald Borsch Jr. February 07, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Can we also get monies from drunk drivers to go to MADD? Can we get monies from murderers to go to victim support groups? Can we get monies from domestic abusers to go to women's shelters? Can we get monies from taxpayers to fund needless social-engineering programs that violate individual beliefs? Oh. Wait. Scratch that one. Did videos play a role in Adam Lanza's nuttiness? Maybe. Does alcohol play a role in drink driving? Definitely. Do gun manufacturers play a role in gun violence? If so, then why not seek to burden them hugely with tax upon tax upon tax, hopefully to the point that they go bankrupt and cannot any longer peddle their evil?

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