Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to tax video games

The added money would be used to provide security at schools

If one Pennsylvania lawmaker has his way, certain video games sold in the state could be taxed more than others. State Representative Christopher Quinn wants to tax games that are rated “mature” or “adults only” and adds that the tax revenue would be used to increase security in state schools.

The games would be assessed an additional tax of 10%. The money would reportedly be used to purchase and install things like bulletproof glass, security cameras and metal detectors at the schools. While Quinn’s bill has not yet received a vote, it reportedly has bipartisan cosigners.

Why only certain games – or even only video games – would need to be taxed is more than a little puzzling. Why not assess the tax on all video games or on other items that could provide benefits to the state?

The answer to that question can be summed up by a comment made by Quinn. He explained, “This bill does not prohibit violent video games, instead it simply provides a revenue stream – it tries to recoup some of the societal costs – to help make our schools safer by taxing an industry that has been shown to lead to violence.”

There has never been any demonstrative proof that violent video games lead to violent behavior. To the contrary, a recent study proved that there is no correlation between violent games and violence in adolescence. It would appear that Quinn didn’t do his homework before drafting the bill.

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