The Grand Theft Auto game series is a franchise that has seen laws enacted because of it. And it has also helped birth new laws in certain states. But, every so often an uptick in crime will coincide with an increase in a game’s sales. While it may be odd that it happens simultaneously, does correlation actually equal causation in this instance?
Illinois Lawmaker Blames Grand Theft Auto Game for Youth Crime Wave
In the state of Illinois, the crime of Grand Theft Auto has become widespread. And it’s become such a problem that lawmakers are proposing an odd new law. Most of the individual crimes have been perpetrated by young persons. It is because of this that lawmakers believe drafting a law outlawing the series is appropriate.
Reports stated that a 16-year-old and two 15-year-olds had been charged for auto theft. Last Friday, a cop’s civilian vehicle was stolen from his home. It was later found in a neighboring city with the people who stole it. These events are responsible for what many may call the Grand Theft Auto game law.
Early Walker, a self-described philanthropist, shared that games like these negatively affect young minds. He also seeks to redraft a 2021 law that initially prevented rated M games from being sold to children. Leonard Jason, a DePaul University professor, said the Grand Theft Auto game could be a cause. But it should not be the only focus as to what’s going on.
While the goal of lawmakers is admirable, creating such laws is a double-edged sword. It should curb a great deal of sales. But that isn’t likely to prevent the game from reaching children in some way. Do you think a new law for the Grand Theft Auto games will curb the crime wave? Let me know in the comments!