Gamers React to Proposed Violent Video Game Tax

3 years 8 months 1 week ago January 16, 2013 Jan 16, 2013 Wednesday, January 16 2013 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:24:00 PM CST in News
By: Joe Chiodo

COLUMBIA - Employees at Slackers, a downtown video game store, said Wednesday they do not support proposed legislation to tax video games with the "Teen, Mature, and Adult" rating.  Assistant Manager Ted Sharp said many non-violent games would unfairly fall under the tax.

Republican Rep. Diane Franklin of Camdenton called for the tax Tuesday in response to the deadly Connecticut school shooting. The one percent sales tax would finance mental health programs and law enforcement measures to curb mass shootings.

Sharp explained, "The tax is on any video game rated teen, mature, or adult only...'T' for teen games like Guitar Hero and Dance Central 3, I don't know how those can be classified at violent video games."

Despite his anger, Sharp admitted if the proposal passes, the tax would most likely not hurt his business. But he said the majority of video games he sells would be taxed.

"It seems like a broad brush. If you're going to tax violent video games, you could at least have legislation that singles out violent video games...not just this thing that taxes basically 75 percent of video games."

Franklin's proposal is the latest in a string of measures in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 students and six adults. Another Missouri Republican has filed a measure allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom.

Similar legislation to tax violent video games failed in Oklahoma and New Mexico in recent years.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A lawsuit accusing Gov. Jay Nixon of age and gender discrimination has been delayed as more... More >>
1 hour ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:32:05 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians, a student organization at the University of Missouri, reported two of its members... More >>
2 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:23:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resource's chief has been selected as the first female director of... More >>
2 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:22:24 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Police confirmed Wednesday morning that shots were fired Tuesday night in north Columbia. Three separate residences were... More >>
4 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:50:36 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Absentee voting for the November election is expected to be so heavy in St. Louis County... More >>
4 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:29:40 AM CDT in News
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri teenager is suing after a police officer used a stun gun on him during... More >>
4 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:59:16 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON, Mo. — The Clayton Board of Aldermen has approved a development plan for Centene's big expansion in the St.... More >>
6 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:34:46 AM CDT in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities are investigating Kansas City's 88th homicide of the year. Police said in a news... More >>
7 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:30:18 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - It does not have to be the summer travel season to get away. The Missouri Division of... More >>
8 hours ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:27:00 AM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY – Dozens of roads in Boone County will be getting a new coat of paint on Wednesday and... More >>
16 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:16:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- City officials are asking for public input on what to do with funds from the federal government. ... More >>
18 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A recent PEW Research study found the United States ranks last out of 41 countries in terms of... More >>
18 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- Plans to make Columbia a top destination for healthcare are in the works. The Mayor's task force on... More >>
19 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:47:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – The city of Columbia has received an award for using more solar power. The SolSmart gold award... More >>
19 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 6:45:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Women's Business Center has more than doubled students in an entrepreneurship course since opening about four months... More >>
21 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:20:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Animal Shelter said the Trap-Neuter-Release program has decreased the number of feral cats in... More >>
22 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:12:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Elementary school students in Columbia gathered in their music classes Tuesday to learn about blues music ahead of... More >>
23 hours ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:02:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri judge has thrown out a state ethics case against a man who describes himself... More >>
1 day ago September 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016 Tuesday, September 27 2016 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 1:41:24 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
2pm 66°
3pm 67°
4pm 68°
5pm 67°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
3:00p
Dr. Phil
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Judge Alex
2:30p
Judge Alex

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld