A surge in carjackings has Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans calling for a ban on popular “Grand Theft Auto” video games.
Carjackings in Chicago were up 135% in 2020 and rose even higher in the month of January 2021 with 218 vehicular hijackings reported, an 183% increase from January 2020’s total according to Chicago Police Department data. “Grand Theft Auto” video games first debuted in 1997 and allows the player to commit carjackings among various other crimes in a plot-driven by organized crime. The most recent edition, “GTA5” has sold over 120 million copies since being released in 2017.
Representative Evans believes the game deserves some of the blame and plans to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of the video game series in the state.
“‘Grand Theft Auto’ and other violent video games are getting in the minds of our young people and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking,” Evans said. “Carjacking is not normal and carjacking must stop.”