Venezuela wants to ban fake shootings to prevent real ones

The Chavez government moves to restrict sales of violent video games

The Venezuelan capital of Caracas is one of the most violent places on Earth. Its murder rate is thought to be the highest in the world, and the country as a whole suffers from sky-high levels of gun violence. But after presiding over a steep increase in violent crime over the past 10 years, the Chavez government is now planning to do something to stem the tide—it will ban violent video games. A bill that would ban the sale of violent games and toys passed its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, gaining the provisional support of the country’s lawmakers. It is now set to be put to a second and decisive vote, after which it will become law.