CHICAGO – People have been saying for months that teenagers are running Chicago and motorists who steal the car as if it were a video game.
But now, local lawmakers are doubling down on that idea, saying the “Grand Theft Auto” video game should be banned.
Some of the auto theft suspects are not even old enough to drive. On Monday, a 16-year-old was charged and days ago, two 15-year-olds were also arrested and charged.
Philanthropist Early Walker says violent video games like GTA could be influencing their young minds.
Walker met with Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans in January, and from there, legislation was drafted to amend a 2012 law that prevents some games, including GTA, from being sold to children in Illinois.
Different versions of GTA have been banned or censored in five different countries, but never in the United States.
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Last Friday, a former police officer was abducted from his own driveway in the southern suburbs. The car was later found in Harvey with the young suspects still inside.
“These guys feel like they’re going to get out right away, especially since they’re minors,” said retired police officer Vincent Sims.
DePaul University psychology professor Leonard Jason told FOX 32 that gambling could be the cause of the violence, but that it is not the only factor.