An Illinois state legislature wants to ban the sale of violent video games, including Grand Theft Auto, amid the increase in carjacking in the state.
Democrat Marcus Evans Jr. has tabled a bill to amend an existing law that bans certain video games from being sold to minors. His amendment would prohibit the sale of games with themes such as “car theft with a driver or passenger present” the Chicago Sun Times. The change has yet to be made Voted.
Debate re-emerged over the ban after the recent rise in assaults among young people.
“The bill would ban the sale of some of these games that promote the activities we suffer from in our communities,” Evans said, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
A 16-year-old was arrested Monday and charged with carjacking. Two 15-year-olds were arrested days ago and also charged with carjacking, Fox 32 Chicago reported.
A former police officer was also ambushed last week. The young perpetrators were found, but the officer said, “tThese guys feel like they’re going to be right back, especially since they’re still teenagers. “
Video games as a cause of violent acts among minors are a controversial issue. Some believe that banning violent video games for children would help reduce crime, while others believe that video games do not contribute to aggressive behavior in children.