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US State Representative wants 1% tax on "violent videogames"
Posted: 04.02.2012 16:47 by Comments: 7
Oklahoma state representative Will Fourkiller has proposed a state bill, HB 2696, which would charge a 1% tax on all games sold in the state rated Teen, Mature, and Adults-Only, with the money going towards the state's obesity and bullying prevention funds.

Fourkiller stated he had to draft the bill after seeing all of the obesity, violence, and bullying throughout his time as a teacher, coach, and registered nurse, even blaming Grand Theft Auto for a police shooting.

"He had been playing Grand Theft Auto. Not everybody is going to react the same, but I believe after hours and hours of watching the screen, playing the video game, being that person and taking on that role, people get desensitized," claimed Fourkiller. The representative did not elaborate on details of the incident.

He also attacked six year old Rockstar game Bully, which he stated he was shocked existed because of the problem of bullying in schools now.

The bill will be read before the House on Monday, 6th February.
Source: GameSpot

Comments

By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 04, 2012
djole381
Fourkiller??? You gotta be f*cking kidding me...
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 04, 2012
JonahFalcon
Election year.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Feb 04, 2012
nocutius
Lol, Fourkiller :).
I wonder what kind of lineage that guy comes from.

If the same applies to EVERY type of media then ok, singling gaming out makes sense only for people with diminished capacity of reasoning and politicians.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 05, 2012
djole381
Hmmm, I remember an old TV show "Renegade" starring Lorenzo Lamas and there was one character named Bobby Sixkiller. XD
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 05, 2012
herodotus
Come Novemeber if that Mormon Republican (Mitt - what an odd name, but still better than Newt) gets in there may be more ominous news for videogamers on the way. Better watch out; might get as bad as Australia:)
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Feb 05, 2012
unsilviu
I believe in 4chan's prophecy: 2008: Obama comes to the White House, The Dark Knight premieres in cinemas. 2012: The Dark Knight Rises premieres in cinemas :P
Not to mention that Romney's considered by mormons to be the fulfiller of a prophecy turning the US into the Kingdom of God... But I don't think the present bill will pass, too much internet pressure on the Congress right now.