In 2019, I wrote an opinion article concerning the Villainization of Mental Illness and Video Games, going over what went from concern to being used as a Political Tool. During that time, Republican Politicians which included the Former President of the United States Donald J. Trump were quick to blame Video Games and Mental Illness for the rise of Gun Violence in the United States. But not the rhetoric and actions that politicians and the President’s inaction to make a change in his actions and his Party’s inability to change for the better.
Now we’re in 2021 and with a new President, a Democrat Controlled Senate, and the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, the Republican Party was defeated by its inability to change for the better. Stuck in the past, willing to accept Lies and Conspiracy over the Facts and Truth.
Two days ago, Democratic Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr introduced a bill that would ban the sale of Violent Video Games in the state, according to the amendments in the Violent Video Games Code in the Criminal Code from 2012. The law keeps retailers from selling certain violent games to minors, expanding it to wholesale.
House Bill 3531 defines in the bill, a violent video game is described as one that “allows a user or player to control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal.”
The Bill is in response to the rising rate of carjackings in January according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr had this to say regarding the bill, the game he is referencing is Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V:
“The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities, I feel like this game has become a huge issue in this spectrum, When you compare the two, you see harsh similarities as it relates to these carjackings.”Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr
Marcus believes there is bipartisan support for this bill and the Violent Video Game Ban in Illinois. While the bill hasn’t been voted on yet but Chicago already imposes a $1,000 fine for retailers who are caught selling Violent Video Games to Minors. A statement from the Electronic Software Association (ESA) issued to IGN disagreed with the bill:
“While our industry understands and shares the concerns about what has been happening in Chicago, there simply is no evidence of a link between interactive entertainment and real-world violence. We believe the solution to this complex problem resides in examining thoroughly the actual factors that drive such behaviors rather than erroneously ascribing blame to videogames based solely upon speculation.”Electronic Software Association’s Statement to IGN
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