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for all the Republican talk about lowering taxes and smaller government....

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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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"JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker from rural Missouri is calling for a sales tax on violent video games in response to a deadly Connecticut school shooting.

Rep. Diane Franklin, of Camdenton, said Tuesday that the 1 percent sales tax would finance mental health programs and law enforcement measures to curb mass shootings.

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Here is a republican talking openly, with no regrets about raising taxes and spending money on government services.



Last month, a republican policy writer who suggested copyright reform to ease government restrictions on regulating ideas got axed.

Now a republican openly talks about raising taxes, government services, and the ever present getting government into your life.

Does this mean Rep. Diane Franklin is a "socialist"?
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TortelliniPen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I don't really get it...

"Mom, can you buy me Grand Theft Halo: Modern Warfare 2: Electric Boogaloo (Rated M for Money)?"

"Okay!"

**cue school shooting**

"Oh no! The videogame companies are corrupting our kids! We should ban M-rated games!"
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
if anything there is an inverse relation between violent crimes and video game playing.

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as you notice overall, the violent crime rate peaked in the US in 1992. In 1993, DOOM, the iconic first person shooter to put the genre on the map is released, and made the FPS a genre of us own, and probably the first shooting game to gain mass appeal.
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Since then, violent video games have only gone on the rise. Except for intentionally attaching the image of video games to sensational, but rare, crimes. violent crime in GENERAL has gone down dramatical in the time frame, since DOOM, and its successors have become more and more popular, and more and more mainstream with a wider audience.
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TortelliniPen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I'm not saying that violent video games lead to school shootings, just that parents and moral guardians constantly villianize the games and the game companies when it's the parents that are buying kids these games.

If anything, I think that we play these games because we aren't like the people we play as. We do "awesome" things that would have horrible repercussions in the real world. It's wish fulfillment. I do think that this fosters a harmful attitude about guns, but again, this is because the parents are buying these games for their kids when they're supposed to only be played by adults.
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Basically.

Though I can add on:

"Mommy! That mean cashier wouldn't sell me my game!"

"How dare you not sell the game to my son?!"

"Ma'am, the game is rated Mature, and store policy prohibits us from selling to anyone who can't prove they're over 17."

"What kind of dumb rule is that! Video games are for kids anyway!"

"Not all games are, ma'am. That game, for instance, is very violent and has lots of blood and gore in it."

"MOMMY I WANT THE GAME ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE PLAYING IT WAAAAAAAAAH"

"Ugh! I don't care! I just want it! Ring it up for me."

*I look over and see there's also a growing line of five very fidgety people behind her*

"Sigh. Fine..."
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scythepuppet Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tax video games, not guns!
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
or better yet, we can stop taxing things we don't like as a way of regulating them, and we can respect our constitutionally guarunteed rights. All of them.

Be it right to bear arms, Freedom of speech, religeon, or the Right to life liberty and pursuit of hapiness.

we can also stop flipping out every tragedy, and simply afirm sometimes somethings are unavoidable, and our neighbours our not out to get us, and we can h
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scythepuppet Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Sometimes things like shooting sprees are unavoidable, and our neighbors aren't out to get us."
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tehbigd Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Republicans aren't exactly anti-tax, they're anti-progressive taxes. They support any number of property and sales taxes, but the second someone says, "Hey, maybe we should implement taxes in a way that doesn't end up with people at the bottom paying a much bigger chunk of their cash on taxes" is the second they throw a fit.
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KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is our government full of idiots ;_;
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
because if their corporate, union, and special intrest string pullers let smart people run things, or even smart or honest people work for them, they might start questioning authority, or getting their own ideas.

Hence why school is not there to teach you beyond the rudimentary things like reading, writing, and basic math, but to install discipline and obedience.

In our new technical age, our technically incompetant rulers, grapple with how to train us on technology needed to run their machines, while keeping us stupid, and obediant enough to be loyal.

Why do you think they are so affraid of hackers? Why has the press done as much as possible to go after computer hackers?
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