Melrose, Mass. Mayor Plans Violent Media Turn-In Program for Local Families

Mayor Robert Dolan of Melrose, Massachusetts revealed on Thursday that the city will launch an initiative similar to one put forward and then canceled by community leaders in the town of Southington, Connecticut. The initiative is called "New Year – New Direction," and will encourage families in the area to get rid of violent video games, movies and toys to the "city yard" in return for a coupon sheet that includes deals with local businesses and possibly a "get out of homework free" coupon children can use at school.

"I’m not saying people shouldn’t have [violent games and toys], but, at least in my house, things have changed since Connecticut," Dolan tells the Boston Globe.

Dolan said that the initiative came about after the Newton Connecticut shooting which resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.

He hopes to have the program up and running by February 1.

Source: Boston Globe, Image via Wikipedia.

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    Malice says:

    Things have changed. A moral panic created by people so terrified of the unknown they would censor “violent media”. If you want to be fare what about religious books tons of death, genocide, and other horrible actions. I am sick and tired of people blaming media for one insane person’s action.

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    BearDogg-X says:

    Program is unconstitutional with mayor running it.

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

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    DorthLous says:

    I'll ignore the obvious issue, since other commenters can take it to pieces, and concentrate on one of the worst aspect, yet subtler one, of this proposal. "get out of homework free". REALLY? So you associate homeworks with chores/punishment/something vile ON TOP of the rest? How deep can a team of morons dig themselves?

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    Neeneko says:

    This might go a bit further since a Mayor probably has public funds to play with, and subordinates to task with carrying it out, while the SouthingtonSOS was privately organized and was probably out of pocket.

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    locopuyo says:

    Funny how politicians get so behind things gauranteed to fail.  It makes them look good to the ignorant but they look like complete idiots to the informed. 

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Anyone with any sense would ignore this, since those coupons are likely worth far, FAR less than the media they're trying to censor.

    It never makes sense to me to take something that will be there for as long as you own it and you can use as often as you like, and turn it in for something that once you use it's gone.

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