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Violent Video Games Should Be Taxed Extra, Lawmaker Says

Violent Video Games Should Be Taxed Extra, Lawmaker Says

The income accrued through this extra tax, according to Nadolillo's proposal, would be funneled into a special account that would provide funding for "counseling, mental health programs, and other conflict resolution activities".

In reaction to the events, Nardolillo has proposed a tax increase on violent video games to dissuade the masses from purchasing them.

Although I support Nardolillo's effort for counseling and mental health programs in schools, I'm not convinced pinning the blame on video games is the right approach, especially given the lack of evidence backing that claim.

Yesterday, Trump suggested that "that the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts", before targeting violent movies.

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Postal 2 was also known for self-referencing its controversy in-game

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.

"Our goal is to make every school in Rhode Island a safe and calm place for students to learn", added Nardilillo, who now has a 93% approval rating from the NRA.

Nardilillo, who now has an approval rating of over 93% from the NRA, stated, "There is evidence that children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not". "By offering children resources to manage their aggression today, we can ensure a more peaceful tomorrow". Although, as Gameindustry.biz pointed out, a study done by the Secret Service found contrasting results that "less than 20% of school shooters played violent video games".

While it sounds like Rep. Nardolillo is trying to help the issue, his facts are simply unproven. And recent research actually suggests that there is no link between violent video games and behaviour. 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. Games that are rated "M" can only be purchased by those seventeen or older, and "AO" titles can only be purchased by people over the age of eighteen. Unfortunately, lawmakers' goals with video games seems to not extend beyond curbing violence in said games.

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