February 22, 2013
Could Taxing Violent Video Games Actually Save Lives?

The proposed video game bill is modeled on other classic sin taxes — like those levied on alcohol, cigarettes, or at the slot machine — where the money collected by the tax not only raises general revenue but also goes into a specific fund dedicated to address the worse effects of the supposed “sin.” For example, a tax on junk food helps fund public medical spending and PSAs about healthy eating. In this case, Hovey hopes a sin tax will help parents understand “that this kind of [video gaming] activity can impact their child’s brains.”
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Could Taxing Violent Video Games Actually Save Lives?

The proposed video game bill is modeled on other classic sin taxes — like those levied on alcohol, cigarettes, or at the slot machine — where the money collected by the tax not only raises general revenue but also goes into a specific fund dedicated to address the worse effects of the supposed “sin.” For example, a tax on junk food helps fund public medical spending and PSAs about healthy eating. In this case, Hovey hopes a sin tax will help parents understand “that this kind of [video gaming] activity can impact their child’s brains.”

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

  1. astro-stoner reblogged this from theatlantic
  2. cobaltstarling reblogged this from marilapis and added:
    There is a simple question here. "Could taxing violent video games actually save lives" the answer: No. What Obama wants...
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  5. biotchsaidwat reblogged this from ileftmyheartinenglandsomewhere and added:
    Wow…. I’m supposed to be doing research for my Persuasive Essay in English class on the the negative repercussions of...
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  7. gooey-goodra reblogged this from madhypercowdisease and added:
    Whenever you think you’ve seen ALL the stupid…
  8. foolishcreature reblogged this from atonnoudjement and added:
    If you buy 18+ things on amazon here you have to pay an extra 5€
  9. dissek reblogged this from blackgirlgamer and added:
    While I think video games are a bit overpriced to begin with, if a tax is imposed the revenue collected should be used...
  10. lordofopossums reblogged this from pussiespricksandpolitics and added:
    Or maybe be careful with what their kids play, if they are waaay too influentiable? I’ll never understand why people...
  11. narcotics-anonym0us reblogged this from marilapis and added:
    Like a girl on their period .. :’)
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  17. lalalalers reblogged this from mirandaadria and added:
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ A MILLION TIMES WHAT SHE SAID ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  18. edmondvdantes reblogged this from whoisjohngalt25 and added:
    MORE RULES. MORE COERCION. MORE VIOLENCE TO SOLVE SOCIAL “PROBLEMS” jesus.
  19. flamingpyre reblogged this from internetlies and added:
    So, instead of having parents pay attention to the labels on the games, that would help them all understand what is in...
  20. phannywiggles reblogged this from cuntsey and added:
    I agree with most of the points made above, video games dont effect people unless they already had a mental illness of...
  21. cuntsey reblogged this from mirandaadria and added:
    I’m with Miranda. There are ratings on games for a reason.
  22. pukimaster reblogged this from theatlantic and added:
    Once again, it would seem video games are being made out as the bad guy. If parents are concerned with the fact that...
  23. danslefeu reblogged this from sanityscraps and added:
    Taxing violent video games wont make it harder for people to acquire M16s. It’ll just make the gamers want to shoot the...
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  26. calimie said: Maybe parents should keep those games out of child’s way? And then their brains would be fine?
  27. the-shagohod reblogged this from collegethenlife and added:
    So now it’s a sin if I want to play Grand Theft Auto. Yeah, ok.