Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to impose 'sin tax' on violent video games


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    Would taxing Mature-rated video games help stop gun violence?

    One Pennsylvania lawmaker thinks so.

    Republican State Representative, Christopher Quinn, has reintroduced House Bill 109. It would tax games more if they contain intense violence. That means games that are rated "mature."

    It's known as a sin tax.

    Randolph Wilson is a manager at the Video Game Store in Downtown Scranton.

    He doesn't think a 10 percent tax on "M-rated games" will reduce violence.

    "If people have tendencies for violence, they can play the games and release those tendencies, and it's actually better than going out in the real world to release them," Wilson said.

    "The name "sin tax" is a bit far fetched. If they're going to sin tax mature video games, they should sin tax fast food, candy stores," Richard Montalvo.

    Nationwide opinions are mixed.

    A Pew Research Center Study suggests 53 percent of U.S. adults don't think violent video games make people violent.

    40 percent believe violent video games can cause people to be violent.

    And 7 percent say they don't know.

    Representative Quinn wants the extra revenue to go toward safety programs for schools.




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