An Illinois state legislator wants to ban the sale of violent video games, including Grand Theft Auto, as car thefts have increased in the state.
Representative Marcus Evans Jr., a Democrat, introduced a bill that would amend a pre-existing law that prohibits the sale of certain video games to minors. His amendment would ban the sale of games with themes that include “motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present,” according to the Chicago Sun Times. The amendment has not yet been voted.
Debates around the ban have been renewed after vehicle theft among young people recently increased.
“The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we are experiencing 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 kidnapped last week. The young perpetrators were found, but the officer said “tThese guys feel like they are going to go out again right away, especially since they’re younger. “
Video games are a cause of violent acts in minors is a debated topic, with some believing that 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.