According to a report from Politico, Vice President Joe Biden stated that the United States government is well within its rights tax citizens on violent media.

During a meeting on immigration reform, the Vice President met with religious leaders when the subject of violent video games was brought up. Reverend Franklin Graham asked if the taxation of violent media was something that was within the rights of the executive branch.

"Graham told Biden the government should consider taxing media companies that broadcast violent images and produce violent video games."

“He floated the idea that media and entertainment that portray violence should be subject to a special tax, with the proceeds going to help victims and their families."

Biden told Graham that there was “no restriction on the ability to do that, there’s no legal reason why they couldn’t tax violent images."

Biden told the religious leaders that he would like to see a comprehensive study of the impact that violent video games and movies has on developing brains.

“He said they really need a good scientific study, which they’ve done on things like smoking."

Yes, because smoking and video games are pretty much the exact same thing. We all know how much cancer comes from that crippling Halo addiction you're suffering from. We're pretty sure that this is just lip-service to placate the religious right. We can't see how the government would ever come close to pulling something like this off. What do you think?

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[via Politico]