Illinois politician proposes a Grand Theft Auto ban


State Consultant Marcus C. Evans Jr. says Rockstar’s sequence has contributed to a rise of carjackings round Chicago

A Chicago-area politician has known as for a ban on the Grand Theft Auto franchise, in line with a report by ABC 7 Chicago.

Illinois State Consultant Marcus C. Evans Jr. mentioned in a Monday press convention that he intends to introduce a invoice that might ban promoting the sport within the state in response to an uptick in carjackings within the Chicago space.

“Grand Theft Auto and different violent video video games are getting within the minds of our younger individuals and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking,” Evans mentioned. “Carjacking will not be regular, and carjacking should cease.”

Restrictions on the online game business have been proposed quite a few instances throughout america, however few turn out to be legislation, and lots of of these are overturned by means of authorized opposition.

Essentially the most notable of those efforts was a 2005 California legislation banning the sale of violent video games to minors that was signed into legislation however contested by a variety of commerce teams earlier than it may take impact.

The authorized battle over it lasted for years, with the business successful selections in decrease courts earlier than California’s appeals finally led to the legislation being overturned by the Supreme Courtroom in 2011.

Online game violence has turn out to be a degree of dialogue for American politicians since then — most notably after college shootings in 2012 and 2018 — however that dialogue has not produced nationwide laws.

An ESA consultant provided the next assertion to “Whereas our business understands and shares the issues about what has been occurring in Chicago, there merely isn’t any proof of a hyperlink between interactive leisure and real-world violence. We imagine the answer to this advanced downside resides in inspecting completely the precise elements that drive such behaviors slightly than erroneously ascribing blame to videogames primarily based solely upon hypothesis.”

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