Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video Game Bans, Sin Taxes

February 7, 2013 -

The mayor of Aurora, Colorado had hoped for more regulations on violent video games after the Aurora Theater shooting in July of 2012 (that saw 12 people dead and 70 injured), but it looks like he has been rebuffed by the City's Attorney, who pointed him to a widely known U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. EMA...

According to the Denver Post, Mayor Steve Hogan has avoided jumping into the debate on gun control currently going on in the state, but he decided that he might be interested in exploring the idea of a ban on mature rated violent video games. Mayor Hogan was also interested in looking into putting a "sin tax" on video games as well.

But both ideas received some pushback from a psychologist and from the City Attorney - an official from that office pointed out to the Mayor that placing higher taxes on a select form of entertainment or banning is unconstitutional.

Clinical psychologist and author of the book "Inside the Criminal Mind," Dr. Stanton E. Samenow told the Denver Post that there are many options to help stem gun violence, but video games are not the problem. He points out that there is no proven correlation between violent video games and an individual committing a real-world violent act.

"Many people who resort to heinous violent acts are already fascinated and enveloped by violence. ... It's ludicrous to think a game just flips a switch and causes people to go overboard," Stanton told the Post. "Millions watch violent movies or play violent video games, and they don't go shoot or hurt people."

Mayor Hogan later told the Denver Post that his ideas related to regulating video games are apparently no longer solutions he's considering:

"I had hoped more regulation of the most violent games might be an answer. Obviously, it isn't," Hogan told the Denver Post via e-mail.

Source: Denver Post (Image via.)


Comments

Re: Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video ...

And that pain in my stomach is back.

Re: Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video ...

Here's hoping other politicians do the same.

- Physical media forever!

Re: Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video ...

I am glad to see he got push back from both a psychologist and an attorney. I wish more of them would talk to elected officials and that more elected officials would listen. Just imagine all the headaches and court battles we could avoid.

Re: Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video ...

having lived in the Denver metro area since 1986 a lot of the Denver area has vastly changed, to include the area where that movie theater is.  One of the things you wont hear on the news is how the Aurora Mall (it shares a parking lot with the movie theater) is how it has a curfew for anybody under 18 after about 5pm for anybody in a group of 2 or more people due to teenage theft/violence in the mall, if you're caught in the mall you and your friends will be escorted out of the mall and off the property by the Aurora Police Department if you return you go straight to jail till your parent / legal guardian comes to pick you up.

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Re: Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video ...

And money we could save.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video ...

Seriously.  There's already dozens of research that shows no correlation between violence and violent video games.  It's like they think that putting more money into it will get them the answers they want.  Bad allocation of tax payer money...

And I can't even believe he thought about putting a vice tax on games.  He obviously has a gross misunderstanding of games if he views it as a vice.

Re: Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video ...

Yep, this actually pretty much went how it's supposed to:

"I want to do good with my limited knowledge."
"Your knowledge is limited and wrong." "Also, even if it wasn't, you'd have a hard battle ahead and it's most likely not the best option open to us."
"Huh, I did not know that. Thanks guys, I'll act accordingly."

Re: Aurora, Colorado Mayor Backpedals on Proposals for Video ...

"The mayor of Aurora, Colorado had hoped for more regulations on violent video games after the Aurora Theater shooting in July of 2012..."

Question Mr. Mayor: What the hell did that shooting have to do with video games?

"I had hoped more regulation of the most violent games might be an answer. Obviously, it isn't."

Credit where credit's due, Hogan.  Kudos.

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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