A Republican lawmaker from rural Missouri is calling for a sales tax on violent video games in response to a deadly Connecticut school shooting.

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A Republican lawmaker from rural Missouri is calling for a sales tax on violent video games in response to a deadly Connecticut school shooting.

Rep. Diane Franklin, of Camdenton, said Tuesday that the 1 percent sales tax would finance mental health programs and law enforcement measures to prevent mass shootings.

Franklin’s proposal is the latest in a string of measures proposed nationwide in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 students and six adults.

It is likely to be a tough sell, however. Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon both have taken stands against tax increases.

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Similar legislation to tax violent video games failed in Oklahoma and New Mexico in recent years.

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