CHICAGO – People have been saying for months now that teens are running around Chicago and carjacking motorists as if it were a video game.
But now local lawmakers are doubling that idea, saying the video game “Grand Theft Auto”
Some of the suspected car jackets are not even old enough to drive. On Monday, a 16-year-old was charged and days ago, two 15-year-olds were arrested and charged as well.
Philanthropist Early Walker says violent video games like GTA can affect their young minds.
Walker met with Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans in January, and from there, legislation was drafted to amend a 2012 law that prevented some games, including GTA, from being sold to children in Illinois.
Different versions of GTA have been banned or censored in five different countries, but never in the United States.
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Last Friday, a former police officer was driven into his own driveway in the southern suburbs. The car was later found in Harvey with the young suspects still in it.
“These guys feel like they’re coming straight out again, especially since they’re young,” said retired police officer Vincent Sims.
DePaul University psychology professor Leonard Jason told FOX 32 that gambling may be the cause of violence, but that it is not the only factor.