Feb 23, 2021
House Rep. wants to ban ‘violent video games,’ like GTA 5, in Illinois
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An Illinois legislator is looking to ban the sale of all violent video games in the state, according to amendments that would adjust a 2012 law, which currently keeps retailers from selling certain violent games to minors. The documents were filed on Friday by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. in response to an increase in carjackings and violent crime in Chicago.
House Bill 3531 would prevent the sale of all “violent video games” in the state. As defined 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.”
Elsewhere in the amendments, legislators look to change the definition of “serious physical harm” to include carjacking, among other things. Rates of carjacking have increased across Chicago, with 218 incidents reported to police in January, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities,” Evans told the Sun-Times.
A $1,000 fine was proposed for those that sell or rent a violent video game.
The bill will certainly face scrutiny. In 2011, the Supreme Court said that California legislators could not ban the sale of violent video games to minors — that video games qualify as free speech, as The Verge reported at the time.
“Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot, and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world),” Supreme Court Justice Scalia wrote. “That suffices to confer First Amendment protection.”
In 2020, the American Psychological Association reported there is little scientific evidence that supports a “causal link between violent video games and violent behavior.”
“Violence is a complex social problem that likely stems from many factors that warrant attention from researchers, policymakers and the public,” APA president Sandra L. Shullman wrote in the report. “Attributing violence to video gaming is not scientifically sound and draws attention away from other factors, such as a history of violence, which we know from the research is a major predictor of future violence.”
However, the APA did suggest there was a “small, reliable association” with increased aggression, like “yelling and pushing,” but that these aggressions do not “extend to more violent outcomes.” These are similar findings to an international study published in 2018.
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Dorset beach hut on sale for whopping £325K at same price as 5-bed home – and it’s not even got sea view
A BEACH hut is on sale for a whopping £325,000 - the same price as a five-bedroom home.
The 6ft by 10ft wooden hut is on the exclusive Mudeford Spit in Dorset, but it doesn't even have a sea view.11A Dorset beach hut is on sale for a whopping £325,000Credit: Bournemouth News 11The wooden shack is the same price as a five-bedroom home in PooleCredit: Bournemouth News
Instead the cabin faces inland, looking out over a lagoon.
But it still costs the same as five-bedroom, two-bathroom, semi-detached house just along the coast in Poole.
And despite the enormous price tag, it is expected to be snapped up in no time.
Traditionally beach huts on south coast resorts in Dorset are like gold dust, so when one eventually goes up for sale the seller can expect to virtually name their price.
And demand has soared since Covid hit thanks to many Brits choosing to stay close to home for their holidays.11The hut doesn't have a sea view and instead looks out over a lagoonCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 11But it still has an enormous price tag of £325,000Credit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 11It is expected to be snapped up very quickly
The hut can sleep up to seven people and has a lounge area and kitchen.
The advert notes that the seating converts into a double and single bed space, which leads onto a decked terrace.
However, owners and guests are only allowed to sleep in the huts during the summer months.
And as well as the eye-watering purchase price, they will have to fork out £4,500 in council tax every year.
It also comes with 12 volt power for its fridge and lighting, while there is running water via an electric pump and an oven connected to a gas bottle.
But, it has no toilet or washing facilities - so the new owners will have to share a communal shower block and use the public toilets.11The hut has a lounge area and a fully fitted modern kitchenCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 11It can sleep up to seven peopleCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd 11It also has a spacious living areaCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd
The hut benefits from the isolation of being on a sandbank in Mudeford - near former football boss Harry Redknapp's multi-million pound home.
Situated towards the Hengistbury Head side of the sand spit, the hut is in a prime location for easy access to the harbour and the sandy beach.
Its location is so remote it requires a 30-minute walk, a train ride, or a short ferry trip across Christchurch Harbour to get there because cars are banned.
Andy Denison, of local estate agents Denisons, said they had a waiting list of people looking for a beach hut Mudeford.
He said: "We had a glorious summer last year and demand for beach huts went through the roof. We saw a 10 per cent increase in the value of them.
"We are expecting a similar demand this year, especially now that the roadmap out of lockdown has been released.
"We do have a waiting list of people wanting a hut so they don't usually hang around for long."11Cars are banned on the sandbank so the hut's location is very remoteCredit: Bournemouth News 11It is situated towards the Hengistbury Head side of the sand spitCredit: Bournemouth News 11There are about 360 beach huts on the Mudeford peninsulaCredit: Bournemouth News Most read in NewsLive BlogEU WHAT?EU vaccine crisis 'makes French 3rd wave inevitable' as Germans snub jabsSHOCKING STATBlack people in England 5x more likely than white to be killed in homicide'HOPE IT'S WORTH IT'Harry 'can't cash in' but faces 'ordeal' losing titles, says Army palNAKED MILEMoment naked man is chased by cops through streets of LondonFUNERAL FOR A PRINCESSHundreds of mourners pay their respects to teen Lucy CandlishPicturedPRAY FOR THEMTributes paid to dad-of-four who died with his wife in horror six-car pile-up
There are about 360 beach huts on the Mudeford peninsula and they are all privately owned.
The natural beauty spot is home to some of the world's most expensive beach huts which made it the target of vandals in an arson attack at the start of this month.
A spokesman for Denisons said: "Our clients are sympathetic to the fact that the fire was started by vandals and this beach hut was not affected by the fire in any way."
The spokesman added that it was expected that the hut would sell quickly once the Covid-19 lockdown was lifted.Britain's cheapest house is three-bed terrace in Wales up for auction with guide price of £0