If you let these ignorant lawmakers sink their talons in, there will be no shaking them off.
Connecticut lawmaker DebraLee Hovey, whose district not coincidentally includes Newtown, home of the Sandy Hook school tragedy, has written a new opinion piece where she attacks violent video games. In it, she says such games lead to "observable behavioral changes."
As such, she's calling for the application of extra warning labels and taxes on such games. She tried to pass a bill that would place an excise tax on violent games after the Sandy Hook massacre, but it didn't pass. Said Hovey in the op-ed:
"I am disheartened this bill did not pass. Assuming Connecticut lawmakers are truly serious about changing the culture of violence in our state, taxing violent video games is a common sense start to achieving this goal."
Obviously, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates such games as "M"-Mature (restricted to ages 17 and up), but Hovey wants an "extra warning label" so a parent "might think twice before purchasing that game for their young child." She even implied adults are affected by violent games as well, and everyone should lower their exposure…as if we're talking about freakin' heroin.
"If the children, teens, and adults who play these games (alike) were aware of the risks of violent video game play, they could moderate their exposure to such play and seek help if needed."
Hovey added that the Sandy Hook shooter was "known to play these violent video games for hours a day." Yeah, she didn't bother to read the report that stated he did no such thing and in fact, participated in highly unoffensive and non-violent games, such as Dance Dance Revolution and various Mario games. But then again, these people aren't interested in facts; they're interested in pointing a finger, as if that'll do anything.
Violent games…aren't…made…for kids. Kids shouldn't be playing them. We have ratings that say this.