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Senator: Ban violent video games, but I traffic guns

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Thu Mar 27 2014, 11:52
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A CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR notorious for opposing violent video games has been arrested on corruption and gun trafficking charges.

Leland Yee, who represents the San Francisco area that is home to many of the world's largest video game firms, was arrested by FBI agents at his Sacramento office Wednesday morning in one of a series of raids on homes and businesses in the Bay Area.

Yee is known to the gaming industry for his comments about video game violence over the past decade, most recently after the Newton, Connecticut school shooting in 2013, after which he told the San Francisco Chronicle, "Gamers have got to just quiet down. Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion dollar industry. This is about their self-interest."

In 2005, Yee authored the California bill to ban sales of ultra-violent video games in the wake of the Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Hot Coffee Mod.

Wire fraud, which also appears on his corruption rap sheet, gives his arrest a double shot of irony, after Yee criticised payments for Sarah Palin's 2010 speech at the Stanislaus Foundation under California's Public Records Act, claiming that politicians' financial transactions should be more transparent.

Yee was also a prominent sponsor of California gun control laws, including one banning 3D printed guns in the state.

The state senator had also launched an election campaign for California secretary of state that apparently put him deeply in debt.

The full extent of criminal charges against Yee is still to emerge, but with regard to his credibility as a critic of violent video games, he might have shot himself in the foot. µ


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