What do violent video games, gory movies and high-powered assault weapons have in common?
They have all been blamed for tragic mass shootings, including last month’s at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — and are all subsidized by Florida taxpayers.
With Florida’s tax code more business-friendly in recent years, economic incentives and tax breaks have flowed to companies and industries currently under fire for their roles in America’s gun violence.
Meanwhile, the state has cut funding for mental healthcare and school safety programs, two areas at the forefront of the national gun-control debate.
While it has become more difficult and expensive to access mental healthcare in Florida, it is getting easier and cheaper to obtain high-powered weapons.
WHO GETS WHAT
|Colt Manufacturing||$1.6 million subsidy|
|Kel Tec CNC||$14,675|
|Pain & Gain||$4.2 million|
|I am Number 4||Amount unknown|
|Burn Notice||$11.4 million (2011/12)|
|Alguien te Mira||$1.1 million|
|Electronic Arts (Medal of Honor, other games)||$9.1 million|
|Digital Domain (Assassin’s Creed, Halo)||$135 million|
|n-Space (Call of Duty 3: Modern Warfare)||$126,206|
|Mental health funding vetoes|
|Seminole Behavioral Health||$350.000|
|345 8 Pinellas Receiving Facility||$250,000|
|Baptist Health Care Lakeview Center||$1.5 million|
|Manatee Glens County Crisis Stabilization||$750,000|
|Indigent Psychiatric Medication Program||$500,000|