U.S. Congresswoman Wants To Tax Violent Videogames

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Republican Diane Franklin of Camdenton, a representative of Missouri, wants to impose a sales tax on violent videogames in wake of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

As reported by PC Gamer, the congresswoman’s bill defines “the term ‘violent video game’ as a video or computer game that has received a rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board of Teen, Mature, or Adult Only.”

Obviously, she has no clue what she’s talking about, hence the irrelevance of her new bill. Apparently titles like Sims 3 would be taxed.

If successful, the bill would impose a 1 percent sales tax on said games, which would be spent on mental health programs designed to stop mass shootings.

No idea why movies and music weren’t included in her plans but…

Maybe you do? Share your thoughts.

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4 Comments on "U.S. Congresswoman Wants To Tax Violent Videogames"

  1. Ghost250 January 16, 2013 at 11:19 am -

    sigh….. “puts hand over forehead”

  2. Ernice Gilbert January 16, 2013 at 11:25 am -

    Yep. This is just ridiculous. Hope it goes nowhere.

  3. Wolf1888 January 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm -

    Yeah same here. I’d hate to see game prices, which are already pretty high, increase even more. Plus, it won’t solve anything at all, this bill makes indeed no sense.

    That’s the thing with politicians and video games. Not a lot of them play video games, and therefor understand what it really is. It’s just some entertainment media, just as movies, not some brainwashing device.

  4. nick January 17, 2013 at 4:59 am -

    goes to mental health programs, or funding the limos these people roll around in?
    im guessing the latter……..

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