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Anti-game senator indicted on gun trafficking charges

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There’s a very simple rule about politicians. The louder they derisively harp on about something, the more likely it is that they’re actually involved in it. You may recall Democratic California State Senator Leland Yee, who we’ve written about before on his anti-videogame stances. Well, he’s been a bit naughty.

Yee has stood vehemently opposed to violent games, which he believes corrupts the youth, turning them in to violent sociopaths. He’s also strongly advocated gun control in the US.

“Gamers have got to just quiet down,” Yee said in 2013 on the debate about violent games. “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.”

The emphasis there is mine, because in a bit of delicious hypocrisy, Yee and a number of other defendants have been indicted for charges relating to corruption, and – get this – gun trafficking, money laundering, and murder for hire. Who’s lusting for violence and money now?

The indictment alleges Yee and former school board president Keith Jackson defrauded “citizens of honest services” and were both involved in schemes to traffic firearms in exchange for campaign donations.

Good job, Yee. Real guns are obviously much safer for children than the digital ones you get in video games.

Last Updated: March 27, 2014

30 Comments

  1. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    March 27, 2014 at 14:01

    OOOH SNAP!!! What a hpyoc….politician

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  2. Umar hearts Grandia

    March 27, 2014 at 14:03

    Geoff, be honest…I can feel in this article, you really enjoyed writing this…

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    • Rince

      March 27, 2014 at 14:17

      As much as the CoD one? 🙂

      Reply

  3. Admiral Chief of Auraxis

    March 27, 2014 at 14:04

  4. Rick de Klerk

    March 27, 2014 at 14:04

    Well, obviously, you’ll probably find he secretly played a ton of video games.

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    • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

      March 27, 2014 at 14:07

      Hahaha, can only imagine him being hooked on something silly

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      • Kensei Seraph

        March 27, 2014 at 14:11

        “Candy Crush Saga made me do it!”

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        • HvR

          March 27, 2014 at 14:13

          Better defense than “I scream like a girl”

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          • Kensei Seraph

            March 27, 2014 at 14:14

            I’ve only heard that said once before and it was because a girl was being teased about having a “manly” voice.

          • Rainman

            March 27, 2014 at 14:31

            I wonder how Tanya screams?

          • Jedi JJ

            March 27, 2014 at 14:32

            Like Tim, only more manly.

          • Kensei Seraph

            March 27, 2014 at 14:37

            It’s just occurred to me but the girl I heard say that she screams like a girl might in fact be Cleo.

          • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

            March 27, 2014 at 14:37

            Eye-liner gave it away eh?

          • Kensei Seraph

            March 27, 2014 at 14:40

            I just assumed she was going through a goth phase.

          • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

            March 27, 2014 at 14:37

            XD

          • HvR

            March 27, 2014 at 14:33

          • ElNicko

            March 27, 2014 at 22:04

            That is the angriest Cat I’ve ever seen…..Geez.

  5. Jedi JJ

    March 27, 2014 at 14:06

    All these anti-gaming people are so full of crap

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  6. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 27, 2014 at 14:07

    Ha ha ha ha hahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahah!

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    • CAE9872

      March 27, 2014 at 15:32

      That was all I could think as well…

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  7. Hammersteyn

    March 27, 2014 at 14:07

    So he is anti gaming because it causes violence. But he sells guns. That’s like BMW saying cars are dangerous.

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  8. Kensei Seraph

    March 27, 2014 at 14:10

    Devil’s Advocate: Has he been proven guilty in a court of law?

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    • HvR

      March 27, 2014 at 14:21

      No, but do not think they will indict without a lot of evidence.

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  9. Rince

    March 27, 2014 at 14:17

  10. Devourer of Small Bunnies

    March 27, 2014 at 14:28

    I just lol harder, specially after going through yet another half baked “scientific STUDY” on how vijha gaemz make us violent sociopaths. The only thing that irks me is the plebeians who believe that drivel, they’d never do more research than some stupid sensationalist headline.

    This guy is gonna be a great example to be made of IMO

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  11. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 27, 2014 at 14:30

    Clearly this poor man has been warped by exposure to the very games he was warning us about & from which he was trying to protect us all. We all need to support him to help him through this terrible ordeal. Gazing into the abyss, it’s so sad.

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    • Jedi JJ

      March 27, 2014 at 14:31

      Are we allowed to bring our unlicensed weapons and maniacal violent temperaments?

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  12. Kensei Seraph

    March 27, 2014 at 14:35

    So the reason he advocates gun control is so that the illegal guns he peddles will sell for more…

    I’d have to say that he deserves the Golden Poo this year.

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  13. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    March 27, 2014 at 14:36

    Hypocrite

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  14. Boerseun

    March 27, 2014 at 15:19

    Come on. Clearly this guy was merely making sure Joe Public can protect themselves from the inevitable day when all gamers go mad and start shooting people and puppies!

    Reply

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