With carjackings on the rise in Chicago and elsewhere, a South Aspect Democratic state consultant has launched a invoice that may ban the sale of Grand Theft Auto and different violent video video games.
Rep. Marcus Evans Jr. desires to amend a 2012 legislation stopping some video video games from being offered to minors. Friday, he filed HB3531, which might amend that legislation to ban the sale to anybody of video video games depicting “psychological hurt,” together with “motorized vehicle theft with a driver or passenger current.”
Evans had been contacted in January by Early Walker, who began Operation Safe Pump to stop carjackings at fuel stations and buying facilities. Secure Pump positions safety guards from the Kates Detective and Safety Company in areas with excessive numbers of carjackings.
“The invoice would prohibit the sale of a few of these video games that promote the actions that we’re affected by in our communities.” Evans stated.
Walker stated he reached out to a number of state legislators to ban the online game after noticing similarities in native incidents of carjackings and actions gamers could make within the online game.
“I really feel like this sport has develop into an enormous challenge on this spectrum,” Walker stated. “Once you examine the 2, you see harsh similarities because it pertains to these carjackings.”
Apart from addressing carjacking, the invoice additionally adjustments the definition of a “violent online game” to at least one wherein gamers “management a personality inside the online game that’s inspired to perpetuate human-on-human violence wherein the participant kills or in any other case causes severe bodily or psychological hurt to a different human or an animal.”
CPD officers responded to 218 carjackings in January, police stated. Walker believes there’s bipartisan help in Springfield to ban gross sales of the sport in Illinois.
Additionally on Monday, Walker and Olympia Fields trustee Desiree Watkins introduced Operation Secure Pump would broaden to the south Chicago suburb.
Watkins stated carjackings have elevated in Olympia Fields since October. From 6 p.m. to eight p.m. day by day, Secure Pump guards might be on the Speedway fuel station at Crawford Avenue and Vollmer Street, Walker stated.
Olympia Fields has a “important inhabitants of girls and seniors,” who’ve been focused in current carjackings, in accordance with Secure Pump.
Watkins stated she contacted Walker after a retired police officer in Olympia Fields was carjacked at gunpoint of their driveway.
“I’m glad that Walker is bringing one thing to us to maintain us protected,” Watkins stated. “Operation Secure Pump is welcome right here.”
— to chicago.suntimes.com