A Rhode Island representative has proposed a raise in tax on M-rated video games to fund mental health provisions in schools.
GamesIndustry.biz reports that the Republican member for the Rhode Island State House, Robert Nardolillo, has plans to increase the tax on games with ratings of M or higher, by 10%.
The statement follows President Donald Trump's recent comments on the power of violent video games and films to shape "young people’s thoughts," a week after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died in an attack.
"There is evidence that children exposed to violent video games at a young age tend to act more aggressively than those who are not," Nardolillo said in a statement, although he didn't provide any sources to substantiate his claim.
"The bill would give schools the additional resources needed to help students deal with that aggression in a positive way."
"Our goal is to make every school in Rhode Island a safe and calm place for students to learn," added Nardilillo, who currently has a 93% approval rating from the NRA. "By offering children resources to manage their aggression today, we can ensure a more peaceful tomorrow."
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