A Democratic MP from the south of Chicago introduced a bill last week calling for a ban on some video games in an attempt to combat the city’s recent rise in violent crime, including car theft.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that spokesman Marcus Evans Jr. was calling for an amendment to an existing law to ban the sale of games depicting “theft of motor vehicles with a driver or passenger present.”
Fox 32 reports that Early Walker, a philanthropist in the city, says video games like “Grand Theft Auto” can have an impact on young minds. The report states that some of the suspects in car thefts in the city are not even old enough to drive legally.
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While the youngest car thief arrested in the latest attacks was about 12 years old, according to police. The perpetrators often work in crews and are motivated either by joirking or by using a stolen vehicle to commit other crimes.
The report states that the game is “banned or censored” in other countries. The idea of the legislation is to prevent the sale of these games to children in the state.
A DePaul psychology professor told Fox 32 that these games may play a role in increasing the outcome of violence, but they are probably not the only factor. Rockstar Games did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News.
The Associated Press contributed to this report