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After 135% Spike in Chicago Carjackings, Dem Rep Introduces Bill Which Would Ban ‘Grand Theft Auto’

Following an uptick in city carjackings and other crimes, Illinois state Rep. Marcus Evans Jr., a Democrat from the South Side of Chicago, introduced a bill last Friday that would ban the sale of “Grand Theft Auto” and other similarly violent video games,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Evans’ bill would be an amendment to a 2012 bill which prohibited the sale of these games to minors. The new bill would “ban the sale to anyone [regardless of age] of video games depicting ‘psychological harm,’ including ‘motor vehicle theft with a driver or passenger present.'”

Additionally, the bill “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.”

“The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities,” Evans told the Sun Times.

Early Walker, a Chicago businessman and philanthropist, initiated “Operation Safe Pump” in January. This project is intended to stop carjackings at gas stations and shopping centers. “Safe Pump positions security guards from the Kates Detective and Security Agency in areas with high numbers of carjackings.”

Walker told the Sun Times he had begun “noticing similarities in local incidents of carjackings and actions players can make in the video games.”

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

On Monday, Walker announced that he would be expanding Operation Safe Pump into the South Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields where carjackings have increased in the last few months. “From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Safe Pump guards will be at the Speedway gas station at Crawford Avenue and Vollmer Road.”

According to WTTW, there were 218 carjackings in Chicago in January 2021 compared to only 70 in January 2020, which represents an increase of 183 percent rather than the 135 percent the Chicago Sun Times has reported.

Either way, a spike is a spike and hopefully these measures will help.

 

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!

9 replies »

  1. Typcial Dem move… ban the ‘training’ video while ignoring the lack of prosecution for serious crimes. DAs like Kim “I won’t prosecute Jussie” need to be removed from office.

  2. Good luck with their bill because it’s going to have a tough time in the Courts because of what SCOTUS said in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association. Both the majority and dissent pointed to scientific research, but the bottom line is that the Court said video games have First Amendment protection.

  3. It would appear that a ban on all sales of a legal product might be unconstitutional. Before it had just been banned to minors…But if you happened to see notice the comment above that says “Illinois just became the first State in the nation to ban cash bail.” If it works out for them the way it has for NYC, this video game will be the least of their worries.

  4. Instead of worrying over how a game might influence a kid into becoming a criminal, someone might tell Netflix how stupid and ridiculous all their movies are. I’m sure there are at least ten or so movies that show more violence and related nonsense, but always lacking a message that has any sense of good. Maybe a better result could be had if parents went back to parenting?
    I remember watching New Jack City, with one of my kids, because for some reason I still don’t understand he wanted to. I lasted about fifteen minutes, and asked him if this was worth it. He got the message. He’s a smart kid. I worry about others’ kids.

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