U.S. Senator Wants Grand Theft Auto V Banned

The Sandy Hook tragedy is without a doubt one of the worst things to ever happen in human history. Because of what happened, many people have started to look for things to blame as to why it occurred in the first place. A U.S Senator has revealed he wants Grand Theft Auto V banned because of how it promotes violence.

In an interview with MSNBC, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said the following about the game and its franchise:

“Look at Grand Theft Auto, put out by Rockstar Games in New York City and see what it promotes. Shouldn’t that be looked into and maybe be banned?”

Ironically in that same interview, he revealed he had no plans to sell his own guns and even promotes the National Rifle Association (NRA).

If this senator thinks like this, it’s possible other people in the Senate (and other politicians from around the world) might feel the same way too. It might be an uphill battle for Rockstar Games to promote the game if more politicians and news media will talk negatively about Grand Theft Auto’s violence…

Grand Theft Auto V is due for release in Spring 2013 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Damian Antony Seeto

Game reviewer from New Zealand. Been writing since 2009.


  1. Josh
    December 21, 2012, 12:03 PM

    We can’t have it both ways — we’ve got to ban semi-automatic weapons and dumb-down violent games and movies like GTA. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. This is a society that promotes violence through movies and video games, but doesn’t want to face the reality that it’s not really entrainment but rather a media that teaches our kids that murder and mayhem is cool. Just banning guns won’t stop people from using other methods to commit murder — explosives will be next. So while we’re at it, let’s ban the internet that shows people how to build a bomb and commit acts of crime. There is enough blame to go around.

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  2. Cody
    December 22, 2012, 6:01 AM

    Wow the U.S Senate wants to ban GTAV? Do you have any idea how that would effect us GTA fans like seriously it’s just a fucking game Joe Manchin!!!! and do you see kids and teens outside shooting at people?? NO!! cause they know better and really there are more important things going on in the world today than worring about a fucking violent video game….. I’ve waited very long for GTAV to be released and Joe if you ban GTAV omg heheheh you better run cause you’ll piss millions of GTA fans off and imagine you waiting for something for years and when it’s ready to be realesed some asshole bans it and how will you feel? like a kid that sees a brand new toy on tv and it comes out in a year then when that year comes, he goes to the store and it’s gone and the manager says “sorry timmy the toy you have been wanting and waiting for has been removed because it doesn’t look normal” and little timmy feels heart broken and sad and very angery. Do you understand now? if a game is to violent or has nudity or has offensiveness don’t ban it just let it go and see what happens ok?

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  3. Kman
    December 22, 2012, 1:13 PM

    This is a fucking joke. Seriously, when will people realize that video games don’t make people violent! Hell, when I was around 6 my dad had a roomate with gta3 for ps2. I looked forwards to going there to play it and my dad even enjoyed watching me play it. I play a shit ton of violent games even now and I’m extremely nonviolent. Same with pretty much everyone else. If anything, its the media that should e banned from putting so much coverage on this. It’s a better explanation for this than video games. This loser sees the spotlight other mass killers get so he does something even worse so he is forever remembered.

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  4. EddieB
    December 26, 2012, 6:26 AM

    Ive been playing violent video games for over 15 years grew up in violence yet I dont look to shoot or hurt people let alone innocent children I have kids of my own know. yet they have wars on going easy access to weapons that were made for war no strict control nor black market stopping. its a violent world u could get shot in broad day just walking to a shop or at the park with ur family like heeps of unfortunate humans it happens to everyday in the world im quite sick of the blame game on us & our product I dont no any of us millions of gamers that have gone out & shot someone because we just finnished playing bf3 or cod & just got our asses kicked for 2hrs bye some NOOBS. I mean do they even blame the movie industries for violent films like the Hollywood shootout they mimicked the movie fukn HEAT they just gave cops assault weapons to drive around with?. Fucking wake up leave our gamming entertainment alone for us to enjoy where just as innocent as the poor kids who lives where suddenly taken bye a kid who had problems he couldn’t handle so he used violence & the easiest way was to take his mums assault rifle & do damage dont blame games blame the parents for no discipline or stricter control of dangerous weapons blame the companies who made it i say. gta5 hurry up… PEACE LOVE JOY

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  5. Jason
    December 29, 2012, 5:11 AM

    People have been committing mass murder long before electricity was even harnessed, how about we start trying to find out the real cause? What happened at Sandy Hook was tragic, there’s no denying that, but it wasn’t the first shooting to happen, and until we put a stop to bullying/abuse it won’t be the last tragic event. I’m not saying those are the only causes but two of the biggies. I used to play Super Mario Bros. but do I go and jump on people or turtles? No. I’ve been playing violent games for over ten years but neither I nor anyone I’ve played with have gone out and attempted the acts committed in the game(s) in the real world. Why? Because not everyone that plays GTA or Battlefield or Assassins Creed is going to go out of their house and shoot/stab people.

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