Violent Video Games May Be Taxed in New Legislation

Video games face new legislature in face of gun control discussion.

Video Game Violence

It’s been a few rough days for Americans, especially after a mass shooting took place at a Parkland, Florida high school. With tragic experiences like this, however, one of the arguments that takes place is about how violent video games are the cause of shooter events.

In the past couple of days, President Donald Trump has faced high school survivors, and has met the ire of parents and American citizens looking for the government to provide answers and stronger gun laws. Now, how does this all tie into the video game industry? The answer to that is in a new Republican legislation being introduced in Rhode Island, which would tax violent video games in order to pay for mental health counseling.

Taxing of video games, which would more than likely make their way to the consumer, would have an undeniable impact on the industry. For games rated mature or higher, this legislation wants to impose a new tax to increase mental health and counseling in schools. From the words of Republican Senator Rep. Robert Nardolillo III:

“There is evidence that children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not,” Nardolillo said in a statement. “This bill would give schools the additional resources needed to help students deal with that aggression in a positive way.”

This proposal would therefore allocate money as a countermeasure for the aggression they may cause. The proposed bill would be a 10% tax for Mature and higher-rated video games. The revenue generated from the bill would be placed in special accounts for school districts to pay for mental health counseling and other services.