British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s advisor on knife crimes has called for a tax on violent video games, reports the Telegraph.
Richard Taylor (left), whose 10-year-old son Damilola was stabbed to death in 2000 made his comments to to the Brown Government’s Home Affairs Committee.
Also coming in for Taylor’s criticism were rap music and American cultural influences:
Violent games are “too cheap” and taxes on them should be “very high”, Mr Taylor told MPs.
He told the Home Affairs Committee: “I have young people who I mentor and I see them go up and buy the games and it saddens me that they are being able to have such a negative impact…”
Mr Taylor also told MPs that he was concerned about the content of much rap music.
“It is creating more of a problem because of the language that is used. It is language that, as a father, I would not allow my children to hear. To me, there is a lot of negativity that comes out of this music, especially that which is coming from America.”