Lawmakers in at least two states are pushing for a tax on violent video games as the nation looks for ways to prevent gun violence after a mass-shooting two months ago at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Connecticut State Rep. Debralee Hovey, whose district covers parts of Newtown, has introduced a bill that would impose a 10 percent "sin tax" on video games with a rating of "M" for mature, intended for people age 17 and older. Money collected from the tax would be used by the state to develop materials "to educate families on the warning signs of video game addiction and anti-social behavior," the Atlantic reports.
In Missouri, Rep. Diane Franklin introduced a similar measure calling for an only 1 percent surcharge on games with a Teen, Mature, or Adult Only rating. The bill says "immediate action is necessary to protect the mental health of individuals exposed to violent video games," the Atlantic said.
Violent video games have come under fire since news reports revealed that Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, avidly played them. As part of a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence, President Barack Obama has called for a federal study to examine the potential relationship among video games and real-life violence.Via the Atlantic