Oh goody, the violent game tax idea is back. Figured it would be after Newtown.
As reported by PC Gamer , Missouri representative Diane Franklin (R-123rd District) has introduced HB 157 to the state's General Assembly this week. It's a new bill that proposes putting a tax on violent video games. Yeah, that's right.
The idea is that all games rated T-Teen or above will carry a 1% excise tax, and the generated revenue will go towards the treatment of mental health conditions associated with "exposure to violent video games." The bill claims that "immediate action" is required in order to protect and insure the mental health of all those who play violent games, and it even goes so far as to say it's important for the "immediate preservation of public health, welfare, peace, and safety."
If you're wondering, this has been tried before; almost exactly one year ago, Oklahoma state representative Will Fourkiller (D.86th District) proposed a 1% excise tax on violent games, with the proceeds going to fighting obesity and bullying. There are multiple problems with such an idiotic idea (yeah, I said it- idiotic) but the first seems quite clear to me- Since when can you propose such a bill when there has been no confirmed documented link between video games and mental illness? And what are we taxing for, anyway, if the games in question are rated already? We're penalizing adults for purchasing products they're allowed to purchase?