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US Illinois lawmaker seeks ban of Grand Theft Auto game following rise in carjackings

05:15  24 february  2021
05:15  24 february  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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The new language would ban the sale of video games to anybody, not just children, that depict "psychological harm." The bill would also change the legal definition of "violent video game " to include any game in which a player has the ability to "control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the " Grand Theft Auto and other violent video games are getting in the minds of our young people and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking ," Evans said. " Carjacking is not normal, and carjacking must stop." Photo: Getty Images.

New bill aims to ban sale of Grand Theft Auto , other violent video games amid spike in carjackings . Community activist Early Walker talks about the local push to ban the sale of violent video games to children and the negative impact they can have on developing adolescents. Walker met with Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans in January and from there, legislation was drafted to amend a 2012 law preventing some games , including GTA , from being sold to children in Illinois .

An Illinois state lawmaker wants to ban the sale of violent video games, including Grand Theft Auto, as carjackings have increased in the state.

a large clock tower towering over a city: Illinois lawmaker seeks ban of Grand Theft Auto game following rise in carjackings © Getty Images Illinois lawmaker seeks ban of Grand Theft Auto game following rise in carjackings

Rep. Marcus Evans Jr., a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would amend a preexisting law banning certain video games from being sold to minors. His amendment would ban the sale of games with subject matter including "motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present," according to the Chicago Sun Times. The amendment has yet to be voted on.

There have been renewed debates around the ban after carjackings among young people have gone up recently.

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‘ Grand Theft Auto ’ and other violent video games are getting in the minds of our young people and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking . The idea for the amendment came last month after Evans met with Chicago community activist and philanthropist Early Walker, who also argues games like GTA are corrupting young minds and contributing to the While he did not outline what he and Evans found in their research, or why a series that hit the shelves in 1997 would only be having such an effect now, he added “I truly believe that there is bipartisan support to ban this game from being sold in Illinois .”

Chicago, IL has seen a rise in the number of carjackings within the city. and now hose involved in Illinois ’ lawmaking have suggested that video games such as Grand Theft Auto might be to blame! The democratic representative for South Chicago, Marcus Evans Jr., per a report in GamingBible has proposed an outright ban of video games which depict any “psychological harm”. Officers in the Chicago Police Department were called to 218 carjackings in January meaning the amendment to outlaw games with a violent nature such as GTA has support from local democrats & republicans alike.

"The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we're suffering from in our communities," Evans said, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

A 16-year-old was arrested and charged with carjacking on Monday. Days ago, there were two 15-year-olds arrested and charged with carjacking as well, Fox 32 Chicago reported.

A former police officer was also carjacked this past week. The young perpetrators were found, but the officer said "these guys feel like they are going to get right back out, especially since they are juveniles."

Video games being a cause for violent acts in minors is a debated topic, with some believing a ban on violent video games for children would help decrease crime while others believe that video games do not contribute to aggressive acts in children.

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