An Illinois lawmaker has a new response to the recent surge in carjacking in the Chicago area that bans a popular video game.

Democratic MP Marcus Evans pointed to “Grand Theft Auto,” which shows scenes of violent car theft, robbery and general criminal activity as inspiration for events in his home district.

“Grand Theft Auto,” the first edition of which was released in 1997, is the main problem, he said.

Evans said he plans to introduce a bill to ban sales of the game in Illinois.

“Grand Theft Auto and other violent video games come to our young people’s minds and carry on the normality of carjacking,” said Evans. “Carjacking is not normal and carjacking has to stop.”

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Evans also thanked community activist Early Walker on Monday for launching Operation Safe Pump, where security teams patrol gas stations to protect people while they are pumping gas. It was recently expanded to other nearby cities when a retired police officer was attacked and ambushed last week.

Walker agreed with Evans’ conclusion about the game, in which players steal cars as part of a larger organized crime conspiracy.

“Rep. Evans and I did some research and concluded that these very young carjacking offenders are heavily influenced by the video game Grand Theft Auto,” said Walker. “I firmly believe there is bipartisan support to ban this game from being sold in Illinois.”

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