Once again we have another silly solution to try and prevent tragedies. Over in Missouri a lawmaker wants to add a 1% tax on violent video games. Don’t believe me, take a look here.
Now as always I understand our desire and need to try and do something. But that doesn’t mean we have to be silly about it. Now I’m not gonna jump on this lady, I’m sure she is an intelligent woman with the best interests of her constituents in mind.
So let’s look at this a bit logically. Part of this tax is supposed to finance mental health programs. On the surface this seems like a noble idea. However, if I’m not mistaken, both the shooter in Sandy Hook and the one in Colorado were already being dealt with by mental health professionals. So unless we are talking about total and forced commitment of anyone with a mental health issue that could remotely do something like this, how would this help? If this is supposed to help them afford meds, how does this help in making sure they take them?
As to the other part, where money goes to law enforcement for measures to curb mass shootings, once again on the surface this is great. But, how do they that? How are they able to predict the unpredictable? I believe if there was anyway possible to curb these things, it would already be implemented.
Here’s another question, why just video games? Why not add that tax to all media? Imagine the money that could be raised.
Overall this is just another case of trying to do something for the sake of doing something. We need real solutions, not silliness. We need careful thought and not knee jerk, feel good things.
Anyway, just thought I’d put this up after I found it. If nothing else, I hope it might help to stop the silliness and get a real discussion going.
So, until next time….
Originally published January 17, 2013