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For Third Way’s latest gun safety policy and message guidance, please visit our gun issues page. There you can also find reports produced by AGS in a special sub-category.

For current gun safety data and other information, we recommend the American Hunters and Shooters Association, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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Matt Bennett, Vice President for Public Affairs
202.775.3768 x212
mbennett@thirdway.org

Press Release

07/27/05

New Third Way Report Finds Children Are Major Users Of Internet Pornography; Porn Sites Target Kids

Group Endorses New Bill To Require Age Verification and Impose "Smut Tax"

Washington — In a new report released today, Third Way found that the Internet is awash in a growing ocean of pornographic material that often targets children, and that the average age of a child’s first exposure to online porn is now just 11 years old. The report helped generate new legislation, to be introduced this morning by Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and several others, that would impose strict age-verification requirements for Internet porn and a “smut tax” — a federal excise tax of 25 percent — that would require purveyors of online porn to pay the costs of protecting children online.

The principle author of the report, Third Way Senior Policy Advisor Sean Barney, said: ”Internet pornographers are being totally irresponsible. Today’s technology gives them the ability today to keep children off their sites, and they just aren’t doing it. While it is as difficult as ever for a teenager to walk into a store and buy a pornographic magazine, it is as easy as ‘point-and-click’ for an 11-year-old child to view streaming pornographic video online.”

The Third Way report made a number of findings, including:

Barney continued: “Third Way was proud to work with Senator Lincoln on this bill. The evidence is overwhelming: it’s time for Congress to step in to help parents keep their children safe from predatory online pornographers, and it’s time to tax pornographers to pay for the steps that society must take when they pursue quick profits through the promotion of online obscenity.”

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Contact: Matt Bennett (202) 775-3768 x212


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