Chicago Legislator Wants to Ban a Video Game to Reduce Crime

Chicago has a problem. Actually, the city has a lot of problems, but crime is one of its major issues.

Now, South Side State Representative Marcus Evans has a solution.

With carjackings rising, Evans wants to prohibit the sale of violent video games promoting criminal activity, so he introduced a bill that would ban the sale of Grand Theft Auto and other violent video games.

Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. wants to amend a 2012 law preventing some video games from being sold to minors. Friday, he filed HB3531, which would amend that law to ban the sale to anyone of video games depicting “psychological harm,” including “motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present.”

Early Walker, who started Operation Safe Pump to prevent carjackings at gas stations and shopping centers, reached out to several state legislators to ban the video game after noticing similarities in local incidents of carjackings and actions players can make in the video game.

Walker said:

“I feel like this game has become a huge issue in this spectrum.  When you compare the two, you see harsh similarities as it relates to these carjackings.”

 Besides addressing carjacking, the bill also changes the definition of a “violent video game” to one in which players “control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal.”

CPD officers responded to 218 carjackings in January, police said. Walker believes there is bipartisan support in Springfield to ban sales of the game in Illinois.

Hmm.  It’s almost as if Evans and Walker believe that media can play a part in shaping society.  Perhaps they can look at violent, misogynistic, and racist songs next.

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  1. briben biden and the bribenettes

    Wow! talk about avoiding the issue. Chicago should be embarrassed.

    The issue is not video games. The problem is a crappy family values philosophy. The science on this is getting to be pretty darn old. Kids that come from two parent heterosexual households are far less likely to be in gangs then any other grouping of kids.

    I know all you LGBTQ folks are going to get mad, but facts are facts folks so stem your anger and figure out solutions instead.

    I do not want to disparage single parents as the vast majority of them work hard and try hard to raise their kids well. We all know that is a tough road to travel. The fact is all the hard work by the single parents still yields much higher membership in gangs. child support helps but the real need is a caring involved partner.

    So Chicago your video game excuse is stupid. Look at solving the real problem. The real problem is dads and moms that abandon the family.

    the first step is to condemn BLM. Their website specifically states that they want to stamp out the two parent household image of proper america. They are wrong and evil for that stance.

    Next create a law that has criminal penalties for adultery and abandoning the family ( not the children the family).

    Go back to fault divorces. Make the person who causes the family to split p 100% responsible for all criminal behavior of their children until those children are 30 years old. If you want to stay out of trouble keep and eye on your children.

    Video games are not the issue. Once your work on the real issue then you can look at secondary influences.

  2. William Baker

    I agree that game along with several others contribute to the problem. Let people carry weapons and that would slow it down.

  3. Dave

    You don’t have to ban the game. What you have to do is hold there punk kids accountable. The police arrest them and the judges let them go. Sure doesn’t make any sense to me. Make them pay the price for the crime for committing crimes.

  4. Paul Subbie

    We seriously DO have a problem with violent videos of characters attacking others on the street, carjackings, grand theft auto, driving insanely and running over pedestrians, not to mention shooting games that teach shooting other people. What this harmful “game” practice does is teach a wrong attitude to killing others It desensitized us from killing and harming others not only in video games, but in real life. Have you not noticed the increase in real attacks on people lately? Viscious, Gridley attacks by teen wagers on other people, even defenseless Seniors. It is increasing, and not just those already grouping and acting against society like Antifa, and BLM. We have a serious youth problem with youth under 30 that are involved in horrendous acts against others. Just the other day, a lady was walking her dog, and she was attacked in broad daylight, and both her and her dog were stabbed by a youth. This type of act is getting more frequent. A young boy murdered a Senior lady in her 80’s, and laid with her in her closet. We, as adults need to protest in every way possible to get violent video games which send a very wrong message to our children about behavior towards others, off the market.

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