A democratic legislature out Chicago‘s South Side last week tabled a bill banning some video games to combat the recent surge in violent crime, including carjacking, in the city.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. has called for an amendment to an existing law banning the sale of games that represent “vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present.”
Fox 32 reported Early Walker, a philanthropist in town, said video games like “Grand Theft Auto” could have an impact on young minds. The report noted that some of the city’s carjacking suspects are not even old enough to legally drive.
Last month, a 14-year-old boy was arrested for participating in multiple carjackings, including one involving an off-duty police officer, Chicago police said. Chicago police say carjackings rose 135% last year to 1,415 and are continuing at a rapid pace this year.
While the youngest carjacker arrested in the recent attacks was around 12 years old, according to police. The perpetrators often work in crews and are motivated either by having fun driving or by using the stolen vehicle for other crimes.
The report noted that the game was “banned or censored” in other countries. The idea of the legislation is to prevent these games from being sold to children in the state.
A DePaul psychology professor told Fox 32 that these games could play some role in increasing violent outcomes, but are likely not the only factor. Rockstar Games did not immediately respond to a query from Fox News.
The Associated Press contributed to this report