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Scapegoating GTA: Chicago’s crime epidemic has real-world reasons, but sure, let’s blame ‘violent video games’ again

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Sometimes good men have very bad ideas. In this particular case, a business owner and community organizer named Early Walker from Chicago is one such person. Walker is the founder of a group called Operation Safe Pump, which is a campaign to stop carjackings at gas stations and shopping centers by hiring private security firms to protect people from having their cars stolen. It is a noble pursuit, but it is going in the wrong direction, with Walker trying to pair with an Illinois representative.

The law that they are trying to introduce would ban the sale of the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ video game franchise and other violent video games within the state of Illinois. Illinois is the fifth most populous state in America, and has the third largest city with Chicago. The GTA series, which hasn’t seen a new game in over seven years, is notorious for its themes of crime, and carjacking is a central activity players can simulate.

The banning of such video games would........

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