One US state wants to introduce a violent video game tax because that’s totally going to solve its mass murder problem

A politician in Pennsylvania has proposed a new legislation to the state’s General Assembly that would impose an extra 10 percent tax on top of other sales taxes on games rated “M” (Mature) or “AO” (Adults Only), with the revenue funding additional safety and security projects in local school districts.

That’s a tax on games to save kids from bad guys with guns. INGENIOUS.

This is the second time that Republican rep Christopher B. Quinn has proposed the legislation, with a previous failed attempt in October 2018, ostensibly on the very questionable hypothesis that violent games make bad guys buy guns and shoot kids. Bad guys like 46-year old Gregory Bowers, who bought a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and three Glock .357 SIG semi-automatic pistols and killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh the same month. Bowers was a neo-nazi white supremacist who didn’t even play games and his victims were elderly adults, but that’s besides the point. Pennsylvania has a mass murder problem, and it’s because of guns games.

House Bill No. 109 has been submitted to Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives Finance Committee, where members probably paid by the National Rifle Association will debate its considerable merits.

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