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#1 +V-Tech

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:53

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In a meeting about gun control with national religious leaders like Rev. Billy Graham, Joe Biden uttered the words that would flood the gaming subreddits and seep through to the rest of social media. According to an attendee of the meeting, Biden “floated the idea that media and entertainment that portray violence should be subject to a special tax, with the proceeds going to help victims and their families.” He also said that there was “no restriction on the ability to do that, there’s no legal reason why they couldn’t.”

This is the ACLU’s fault (of course), since their bulldog attitude toward these sorts of initiatives make it totally safe for politicians to bluff about taking them up. Does Joe Biden have a plan in place, a congressional vote chart drawn out on a whiteboard in his office? Of course not; this is utterly meaningless wind, since everybody in that room is well aware that no such tax will ever be introduced. It’s been tried before, and the opposition to it is so strong that you can now even float the idea of a content-based artist tax and it’s such a non-starter idea that it usually has no fallout at all. It’s an issue that’s only useful in plastic-faced meetings like this one.

The Obama administration has already made it clear, however, that violent media are a source of worry in a more general sense. They’ve funded research into the effects of exposure to violent games in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, at least hypothesizing the same link made explicit by Biden’s gamer-reparation plan. This might be more reasonable if that precise issue hadn’t been studied many times already. Hillary Clinton was banging the same drum for many years until she got enough power to concern herself with more important things, even going so far as to maintain a brief association with Jack Thompson.

These are issues picked up and given a cursory run through the docket. A few speaking appearances, fundraising dinners, a likely bogus study or two, and problems can go away. They ignore the legal, constitutional, and popular opposition that has demolished many similar ideas in the past because there is no actual thought of bringing them to fruition, these days. It’s just wind, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any less repulsive to hear said aloud.


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:37

Biden, go away. This will do NOTHING to help whats going on. All this will do is take more money away from people. Why should we have to pay for the stupidity of others and the lack of proper parenting.

#3 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:44

How about taxing guns and ammo which are used to carry out acts of murder so the proceeds can help the victims and families, instead of shifting the blame.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:45

They can kiss it! :angry:

How about we float an idea on taxing people that come up with dumb ideas. Each dumb idea you have raises your income tax 5%!

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:46

How about taxing guns and ammo which are used to carry out acts of murder so the proceeds can help the victims and families, instead of shifting the blame.


Still wont help anyone and again, why should people have to pay for the lack of parenting and stupidity of others. Just crap that gov is doing to show people that the are "helping". So hopefully this is just talk and nothing else.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:49

Still wont help anyone and again, why should people have to pay for the lack of parenting and stupidity of others. Just crap that gov is doing to show people that the are "helping". So hopefully this is just talk and nothing else.


People shouldnt but the GOV is looking for easy actions to show that they are doing something. Not that it will help as you said but they want to make people think that they are doing something,

#7 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:51

Still wont help anyone and again, why should people have to pay for the lack of parenting and stupidity of others. Just crap that gov is doing to show people that the are "helping". So hopefully this is just talk and nothing else.

My bad I thought it was idiotic ideas day today.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 13:47

They just use any excuse to bring up taxes, don't they? They are disgusting. Like any of the money would ever go where it was needed anyway.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 14:37

Tax religion nuts as you please! Make them give unto giver...

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 14:39

Joe Biden is such an ass wipe in every possible sense! There is no evidence or proof that video games can cause kids to become violent !

#11 webeagle12

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 14:43

What a d*****bag

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 14:46

I don't anyone to ever mention taxes again until they fix the current tax system to actually work.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 14:53

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 15:18

Biden, go away. This will do NOTHING to help whats going on. All this will do is take more money away from people. Why should we have to pay for the stupidity of others and the lack of proper parenting.


Agreed. But the current administration has made it clear that they don't want us to have any money at all. LOL Clearly that will drive the economy forward... :rolleyes:

How about taxing guns and ammo which are used to carry out acts of murder so the proceeds can help the victims and families, instead of shifting the blame.


But that IS shifting the blame from those that perpetrated the crime and SHOULD be blamed... What you're suggesting is exactly what you're arguing against...

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 15:53

I can kill people with guns, I would have to work really hard to kill someone with the disk or a boxed copy of COD.

Your argument is a fallacy that falls on the face that the perpetrators are the only ones to blame, and that the easily and legally available mass killing tools are not