Even One Of The Biggest Violent Video Games Critic Slams The NRA

Even One Of The Biggest Violent Video Games Critic Slams The NRA

California State Senator Leland Yee, who took his fight against violent video games all the way to the Supreme Court a couple of years ago and lost, slammed the NRA’s odd, new attack on video games.

It’s not that the former child psychologist suddenly loves violent video games. It’s that Yee, who wrote the failed California law that would criminalise the sale of them to minors, believes that the NRA should be focusing on something else in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Here’s Yee, in an emailed statement:

“I find it mind-boggling that the NRA suddenly cares about the harmful effects of ultra-violent video games. When our law was before the Supreme Court — while several states, medical organisations, and child advocates submitted briefs in support of California’s efforts — the NRA was completely silent. Now, rather than face reality and be part of the solution to the widespread proliferation of assault weapons in America, they attempt to pass the buck. More guns are not the answer to protecting our children, as evident by the fact that armed guards weren’t enough to stop the tragedy at Columbine High School. The NRA’s response is pathetic and completely unacceptable.”

A San Francisco Democrat, Lee has been busy pushing for gun control in his state. He is trying to close a loophole that allows state residents to buy some semi-automatic weapons.


  • Leland Yee isn’t against video games. He is against irresponsible sale of ultra-violent games to kids. I hate the way the gaming press treats anyone who speaks against gaming in the slightest as an enemy of gaming who is just out to ruin us for some stupid agenda of their own. It’s exactly the sort of terrible with-us-or-against-us attitude that led to the NRA being unable to admit there’s a problem with gun control even when faced with an event like this…

    • So much this. I fail to see why restricting violent video games so children don’t have free access is a bad thing. Except that the publishers market shrinks somewhat.

      • Agree with both of you. Kids till the mature enough to tell right from wrong shoud not have violent games and that is what this man wants.
        Some kids can handle violence at an earlier age and there parents should decide to expose them to that or not.
        This man wants that and he is on the right track. He does not want to ban violent games to adults. Kotaku should not do a your with us or not context like DogMan says.

        The NRA should man up and have strong laws so people who are dangerous can not buy firearms and people who can safely own them should be made to lock them away so crazed people can’t take them.
        In the Sandy Hook case, there mother should not of had guns if her kid was deranged cause look what he did.

        Glad to see there are people commenting on Kotaku who are intelligent.

        • My interpretation of the issue is that making that law would be unconstitutional going against the right to free speech. If they allow it through then they set a precedent that could be used for other less reasonable bills to circumvent the laws.

          • It’s entirely legal to restrict the sale of anything to minors. The entire reason why they are termed “minors” is because they are actually legally incapable of acting on their own personal authority. So this is definately not a “free speech” issue.

            I get into this argument with uninformed people all the time actually. I am very much in favor of harsh penalties for selling mature content to children, but I do not seek to limit the type of content that can be published. Let adults buy what they want (even for their kids if they choose to), but I think it’s legitimate to expect that a store won’t sell your teenager or tween a mature rated game, specifically under penalty of being fined.

            Hell I almost think that kids should have their own seperate cell phone service that doesn’t allow sending pictures (especially of their genitals) to each other!

          • Hm. Well there must be some reason like that for arguing against the restriction of adult games to minors as it doesn’t make any kind of sense otherwise.

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