Connecticut Considers Violent Videogame Tax

 Pages 1 2 3 4 NEXT
 

Connecticut Considers Violent Videogame Tax

image

Money raised by the proposed tax will help fund "education concerning the danger of violent videogames."

Connecticut State Representative Debralee Hovey has introduced a bill in the state legislature that would see an extra ten percent charged on all sales of videogames with an ESRB rating of M (Mature) or higher. Money raised by the tax would go to the state's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services "to educate families on the warning signs of videogame addiction and antisocial behavior."

Hovey's district includes Newtown, the site of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that left 27 people, mostly young children, plus the shooter dead in December 2012. Reports that the shooter's favorite videogame was "Call of Duty" were widespread but hardly surprising, given that it's one of the most popular entertainment franchises on the planet, but the proposed bill would go beyond just violent videogames like first-person shooters to cover everything M-rated or higher, including games like Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Wing Commander and a whole bunch of mobile phone stuff including something called Fart Machine.

Connecticut isn't the first state to consider a violent videogame tax; Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Wisconsin have all previously considered similar taxes, although none have been implemented.

Source: WFSB.com, Connecticut General Assembly

Permalink

Hey, look, using games as an excuse to rake in money. *yawn* Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeext.

So Super Mario Bros is totally a violent game, teaching kids to jump on turtles and (sentient) mushrooms. And tossing fireballs at other people. And breaking bricks.

Also, where's the tax on guns and media, TV and movies, or is it just games?

DAMMIT REPUBLICANS!
What happened to being for SMALL government.
:/

Also:
Blonde hair, blue eyes, and fascist.
image

I kid...I kid.
:D

This garbage is getting ridiculous.

We need to tax the people of Ohio to create programs to educate kids about the dangers of "news" stations causing violence in children.

So while we're doing this, how about a thirty percent tax on ammunition sales to go to mental health charities, fallen/wounded officer support groups and victim support groups in equal measure?

Or is that too much of a tax on freedom?

I don't know about you, but this kind of behavior no longer surprises me. Hell, I don't even think Hovey believes for a second that violent video games contributed in any way to the massacre.

It's all just a distraction to take attention away from the real issue - gun control. The difference is, gun manufacturers spend millions every year on PR, funding political campaigns, and hiring lobbyists, and video game companies don't.

In the words of George Carlin, "It's all bullshit and it's bad for ya."

Warning signs of antisocial behavior? Yeah, that will turn out well...

I will let this man lend his wisdom to the poorly and mentaly deficient politicians:

OT: Videogames dont make you kill people. Listening to dead voice actors giving the performance of their lives and then banishing from this sinful Earth, however, makes one go crazy with grief:

Andy Chalk:
Connecticut Considers Violent Videogame TaxMoney raised by the proposed tax will help fund "education concerning the danger of violent videogames."

Hey Connecticut There isn't any. That'll be $5,000.

Tanis:
DAMMIT REPUBLICANS!
What happened to being for SMALL government.
:/

Also:
Blonde hair, blue eyes, and fascist.
image

I kid...I kid.
:D

Silly Tanis, you know that only applies to issues that effect real Americans. And no REAL would ever play a videogames because none of them are under 40.

valium:
This garbage is getting ridiculous.

We need to tax the people of Ohio to create programs to educate kids about the dangers of "news" stations causing violence in children.

You. Your campaing. My vote and the vote of all gamers everywhere.

When do you start your political campaing?

you know its hard to even get worked up by this anymore. this has been going on since what 1997 and yet mortal kombate and grand theft auto are still going strong. if it does pass the only thing i see coming out of it is an increase in used games

ThriKreen:
So Super Mario Bros is totally a violent game, teaching kids to jump on turtles and (sentient) mushrooms. And tossing fireballs at other people. And breaking bricks.

When did Super Mario Bros get an M rating?

OT: womans a retard, and probably got elected by appealing to the vast majority of other retards.

If this was passed most people would likely just go to digital distributors and online retailers, hurting not only the physical retailer in the state but a portion of their own sales tax revenue.

Or does Amazon have a state tax on items now?

If violent games are bad for you, shouldn't the recent CoD games have created literally a billion school shooters, psychopaths and murderers in the last few years?

We are always late when it comes to such a subject we always say "we should have better mental health care" or "new gun laws" only have a tragedy wakes up for a brief moment before we head back into a comma.

It such a sad thing to see here in America we need to fix our Education,Public Transportation and Health Care system or be suck in endless double helix

I wouldn't worry too much, taxing a specific form of media based on its content is a form of censorship which is therefore unconstitutional. That's one of the main reasons all the previous pushes for this have failed.

What the American government really needs is a monetary penalty, equal to the number of house reps or senators debating the issue times their salary, for people that push private member's bills that are deemed unconstitutional in order to reimburse the taxpayers for all the time the debate wastes. Maybe then the people sworn to represent the highest offices of government would actually take the time to learn how it's supposed to work.

valium:
This garbage is getting ridiculous.

We need to tax the people of Ohio to create programs to educate kids about the dangers of "news" stations causing violence in children.

Hey, that's Connecticut the state, not Connecticut, Ohio. Don't try and pin this shit on us!
But I agree; This lady is crazy. Someone needs to talk some sense into her. Although I think sense and her have never even been in the same room. I'm sure she has, however, been in the room with many, MANY gun manufacturer lobbyists and piles of money shaped like a throne.

bazaalmon:

valium:
This garbage is getting ridiculous.

We need to tax the people of Ohio to create programs to educate kids about the dangers of "news" stations causing violence in children.

Hey, that's Connecticut the state, not Connecticut, Ohio. Don't try and pin this shit on us!
But I agree; This lady is crazy. Someone needs to talk some sense into her. Although I think sense and her have never even been in the same room. I'm sure she has, however, been in the room with many, MANY gun manufacturer lobbyists and piles of money shaped like a throne.

I was just picking a random state, one I personally lived in.

on an unrelated note

O H

Do these people realise that sales of these games already bring in tax money that could be used to benefit mental health initatives? Perhaps if some of that money was used on that instead of wasted stupid scapegoat policies then we might actually get somewhere.

"to educate families on the warning signs of videogame addiction and antisocial behavior."

That's propaganda.

This is so obviously in violation of the 1st Amendment. This has nothing to do with obscenity.

This should be the political dynamite, political suicide... political suicide bombing, to even privately suggest such a thing. I wonder how dumb they all have to be to so blatantly defy the Constitution's most cherished clauses to fund a government propaganda program.

No, education programmes should be for things like building fire evacuation procedures and agaisnt drunk driving, things that are actually ESTABLISHED RISKS!

And why after all this time are we acting as if the motivation for that massacre was anything other than his deranged psyche. Games didn't turn him insane. Maybe if there was a spare of extra drive by car horn honkings, there might be a case but that's the only link the most spurious UNREPEATED study has found: higher propensity to troll people with a horn. Not that they were the only group to do it, but barely statistically significant chance in how log they honked.

Honking.

we should probably ban or tax pizza too, because chances are the guy liked it

I love that they mentioned the Family Guy game and right now I'm half-watching the Family Guy episode on censorship.

OT - This has GOT to be a 1st Amendment infringement somehow. Did they ever pull this crap with comics and movies?

This would be illegal. It cannot and will not pass.

So a medium will be unfairly taxed to pay for a program that is a ease of tax funds? I feel bad for her constituents

It's just classic politian busy-work: appear to be doing something meaningful when the most sensible approach is to do nothing. They don't want to come off as lazy, now do they?

In any case, it doesn't matter how you tax it or put more warning stickers on the box. If dad caves in to kid and buys him the media that was not designed for that age range then all the legislation in the world won't mean a thing. This applies to anything that has an age rating. However, politicians will always shy away from exposing how their electorate is part of the problem. Never blame the individual, noooooo, it's always the business and industry, or the government.

It is very clear that we need to put a Tax on Air and Oxygen.
Every single mass shooter has consumed Oxygen at some point in their lives.
Oxygen has been shown to allow activity in the areas of the brain associated with aggression and anger.
HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE BEFORE WE REALIZE THIS!?!

Idiots. Stupid fuckin' retards without an ounce of reason and critical thinking skills. How the fuck do you justify that stupidity? I want to kick them out of the country. They're not contributing to society in any positive way.

Unconstitutional, been said already.

And your "solution" is utterly useless. How about you focus on ACTUAL EDUCATION? You know, the system vital to our future that is currently under funded and poorly designed? Don't waste time and money warning people about problems that don't exist.

This won't go anywhere, everytime a first amendment imposing law is being considering the opposing party will go apeshit and call foul.

I'm not against a tax on violent games but the money should go to something more useful, like to fight unicorn smuggling.

But lets face it, that money is just going to pay for more bleach for Debralee's teeth & hair.

They did the same thing wit the Global Warming tax here in Australia. How exactly do they think charging extra tax is going to fix anything?

valium:

bazaalmon:

valium:
This garbage is getting ridiculous.

We need to tax the people of Ohio to create programs to educate kids about the dangers of "news" stations causing violence in children.

Hey, that's Connecticut the state, not Connecticut, Ohio. Don't try and pin this shit on us!
But I agree; This lady is crazy. Someone needs to talk some sense into her. Although I think sense and her have never even been in the same room. I'm sure she has, however, been in the room with many, MANY gun manufacturer lobbyists and piles of money shaped like a throne.

I was just picking a random state, one I personally lived in.

on an unrelated note

O H

I O!

OT: There has been no research done into violence and videogames with conclusive results either way, so education on the subject would basically be saying "I dunno." I really don't think that takes money. None the less, I think that this is unconstitutional though I'm not sure. Might get over turned by the judiciary if it passes.

How about a stupid politician tax? You know where politicians would be taxed for every stupid proposal they make.

I am the first person to scream "Bullshit" when people accuse something of going against the First Amendment. It is most likely literally a 99 to 1 ratio of bullshit to real first amendment concerns. And this is just flagrantly unconstitutional. Taxes discourage or pull in income. This is CLEARLY aimed at discouraging because it SPECIFICALLY targets something with certain content, and not a similar product with different content. Tell you what lawmakers, black people are more apt to be involved in crime, so lets tax all products that portray black people!

(I cannot possibly iterate strongly enough how much I do not believe the above statement.)

The end result of this is most likely some politician scoring a few kneejerk moralizing PR points while having no expectation of this actually happening.

 Pages 1 2 3 4 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here