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Missouri representative wants a violent games tax
Posted on January 15, 2013 by Drew Bergmark

In response to the Sandy Hook shooting, Representative Diane Franklin, representing Taney, Ozark & Douglas counties, proposed a 1% sales tax to help fund mental health organizations and security at public places to prevent future shootings. According to a NBC News report online, the tax would be added onto games rated 'Teen', 'Mature' & 'Adults Only'. For those following the industry, it doesn't take violence to get these ratings as games like Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball recieved a Mature rating for gambling, mature sexual themes & nudity.

"History shows there is a mental health component to these shootings," said State Representative Franklin. Yet that doesn't really explain why video games will be taxed in particular as you would think since guns were used in the shooting that they would be taxed instead. While personally I'm in support of finding logical reasoning to support health programs from entertainment or tourism tax dollars, Rep Diane Franklin didn't explain the real reason outside of the connection between mental illness and shooters playing these games. Perhaps, we should add a tax to movies or even violent novels to make it fair for all media that would be affected by this change in understanding of what the first amendment means.

Similar tax proposals have happenned in Oklahoma & New Mexico before but eventually fail to get passed. If all states would have adopted this law in 2008, the country would have seen a boost in funding for previously mentioned programs by almost two billion dollars. Whether the bill passes or not, Franklin has voiced saying her true desire is to "start a discussion" about connections between mental problems and video game violence.

Source: NBC News

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