The city of Melrose, Massachusetts will be offering coupons to residents of the town in exchange for their violent video games.
Mayor Robert Dolan said that the initiative is “aimed at persuading families to get rid of their violent video games, movies, and toys by offering coupons to residents to turn in those items at the city yard”. Dolan added, “If a family has this discussion and maybe tries to get rid of some of this stuff, they are going to get one of these coupons. The child may be getting rid of something they like, but they are getting some value for it.”
Dolan’s inspiration for this comes from the Newton shooting that occurred last month which saw a gunman going on a shooting spree in a school in Connecticut last month that resulted in the deaths of twenty pupils and six staff members. The Melrose Mayor hopes to have the programme up and running by the 1st of February 2013. The coupons residents will be receiving will “include deals at local businesses and possibly a ‘get out of homework free’ coupon”.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has added to Dolans strives by removing nine violent video game arcade machines from rest stops in Massachusetts towns. The games pulled include Beach Head 2000 and Time Crisis. Other games like Ms. Pacman and Galaga will still remain however. Transportation Secretary Richard Davey says “Bottom line is I think there isn’t a person who doesn’t believe there isn’t too much violence in our society and games can glorify that. A video game in a public space could be used by anybody of any age.”
A small town in Connecticut proposed a similar feat when residents were encouraged to bring all their violent video games to a designated location and burn them. This particular movement was announced to have been cancelled yesterday however.
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