Almost 20 years after the Columbine high school massacre, it seems that video games are once again being blamed for the violent actions of others.
The tax, which would be an additional 10-percent sales tax to video games sold in Rhode Island with a rating of "M" or higher, is an effort by Nardolillo to counteract the supposed "aggression" that games of a mature nature may cause. Some argue that violent games must have an effect on children whilst others say games are just one factor in many.
Robert Nardolillo, a state representative for Rhode Island suggested that a tax be put in place for violent video games, the extra proceeds of which would go towards counseling and mental health resources. And now, legislators are looking to combat violent video games by imposing a tax. "The bill would give schools the additional resources needed to help students deal with that aggression in a positive way".
Any extra revenue generated would then be moved into a special account for school districts, providing extra funding for "counseling, mental health programs, and other conflict resolution activities".
He states that his goal with this is to keep schools safe and a "calm place for students to learn".
GamesIndustry.biz points out that the United States Secret Service's own research found that less than 20% of school shooters played violent video games. Even though violence in video games shouldn't be glorified, artistic choices in media shouldn't face censorship because of untrue or murky findings and statistics.
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