Violent Video Games Get Public Hearing

State senator says minors should be banned from playing certain arcade games.

Sen. Harp's bill would ban minors from playing these types of games in public.
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The state legislature is mulling over a host of bills in response to the Newtown tragedy. Most concern gun policy, or mental health care but yesterday, the Children's Committee heard public testimony on three bills addressing violent video games.

It is believed that Adama Lanza, the Newtown shooter played violent video games for hours on end. The Connecticut Mirror's Grace Merritt was at yesterday's hearing and reports that Sen. Toni Harp, believes these games "inadvertently teach children that shooting people is easy, virtually harmless and has no serious consequence."

Another bill being considered would impose a 10 percent sales tax on "Mature" rated video games.

Opponents of the bill say it is unconstitutional and violates the right to free speech.

Governor Dannel Malloy didn't address the particular bills but did speak broadly about video games' effect on society. "I think the industry has done a wonderful job in de-stigmatizing violence in our society,' said Malloy.