Rhode Island Looking to Tax M Rated Games

Turning violent into healing

With the recent events in Parkland, Florida, controversy has grown in the community and local legislators about U.S. gun control laws. Rhode Island has taken things in a different direction, they propose a tax on video games rated M or higher.

This tax is more than just a way to discourage violent video games, the new money flow will be directed towards mental health and counseling resources for public schools. Rhode Island representative Robert Nardolillo spoke about this plan.

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

Banning things hasn’t proved that successful in the past, and rep. Nardolillo understands. He wants to find a peaceful compromise that allows the community to have what it wants, free of regulation, while also working towards a solution to a serious problem.

This proposed legislation would see an additional 10 percent levy against the price of video games rated M or higher. The income from this tax goes into a special account for schools, according to Nardolillo.

“Our goal is to make every school in Rhode Island a safe and calm place for students to learn. By offering children resources to manage their aggression today, we can ensure a more peaceful tomorrow,” said Nardolillo.

Whenever tragedies take place in the United States, video games are often a target of blame. This proposes legislation might make for a fair compromise that still gets people the help they might need. Would you pay an extra 6 dollars if you knew it was going towards mental health counseling in schools?

Written by: Branden Lizardi


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