An Illinois lawmaker desires to ban the sale of violent video video games, together with the favored “Grand Theft Auto” collection.
The invoice filed by Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. is in response to a latest improve in carjackings in Chicago, which he attributes to “Grand Theft Auto,” in accordance to media studies.
He doesn’t title “GTA” within the invoice, however he singled it out throughout a press convention Monday.
An Illinois law makes it unlawful for retailers to promote violent video video games to minors. Evans Jr. desires to amend the regulation to “prohibit the sale of all violent video games,” he wrote in the bill Friday.
He additionally desires the regulation’s definition of “violent video game” modified to replicate that they permit a person “to control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal,” he wrote within the invoice.
Evans stated the Chicago space is “suffering” from actions promoted in video video games, in accordance to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Chicago police responded to 218 studies of carjackings final month in January, the Sun-Times reported.
“‘Grand Theft Auto’ and other violent video games are getting in the minds of our young people and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking,” Evans stated, in accordance to WLS. “Carjacking is not normal and carjacking must stop.”
The most up-to-date installment of the video game franchise, “Grand Theft Auto V,” was launched in 2013. With frequent expansions added to it, it’s now the second-best promoting video game of all time, The Ringer reported.
The franchise was first launched in 1997. The latest game has a Mature ranking, that means solely individuals 17 years previous and up can buy it due to “blood and gore, intense violence, mature humor, nudity, strong language, strong sexual content and use of drugs and alcohol.”
“I feel like this game has become a huge issue in this spectrum,” stated group activist Early Walker, who labored with Evans, in accordance to the Sun-Times. “When you compare the two, you see harsh similarities as it relates to these carjackings.”
Criminal actions a person can do within the game embody stealing automobiles, executing heists and assassinating targets, in accordance to the Entertainment Software Association.
The Entertainment Software Association has typically stated there is no such thing as a connection between video video games and violence.
“More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games, and billions of people play video games worldwide,” the group stated in an announcement in 2019 to the Associated Press. “Yet other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the tragic levels of violence that occur in the U.S.”
Numerous research have backed up its assertion, the AP reported, however politicians have routinely put blame on video video games for violent acts which have occurred within the nation.
Former President Donald Trump stated in 2019 video video games contribute to the “glorification of violence in our society,” echoing unverified claims which were acknowledged because the 1999 Columbine High School taking pictures in Colorado.