California Senator (Sorta) Sorry For Telling Gamers To 'Quiet Down'

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"Gamers have just got to quiet down. Gamers have no credibility in this argument." The guy who said those words has eaten them, via Twitter.


Leland Yee, author of the California anti-video game bill that the Supreme Court struck down in 2011, apologized yesterday to video gamers for remarks he made in a San Francisco Chronicle examination of violent video games and the ongoing gun violence debate in America.

"Gamers, I admittedly didnt use best words to SFchron," he tweeted. "Meant video game industry has inherent conflict of interest in the gun violence debate."

"I have a lot of respect for many gamers," he added in another Tweet. "Many are on my staff and in my family—but the industry has profited at the expense of children."

I'm not sure how the video games industry has a conflict of interest here, though Yee may be referring to the fact the Entertainment Software Ratings Board is run by the Entertainment Software Association, the industry's lobbying arm (a complaint he's made before.)


Still, given how rare it is for a lawmaker to admit any mistake, let's take this.

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He's not wrong, now or then. All the cursing and whining in the comments aren't exactly renouncements.

Video Gamers don't want to see their gun games less prominent (or actually legally enforced as 18+ products) so their entire argument is going to be fighting against the idea that our violent culture causes gun violence, not because they don't think it does or because science says otherwise (it actually leans pretty far in the direction of violent media -> violent culture -> gun violence) but because they don't want sanctions of their media.

Acting like you don't know this is disingenuous, or simply ignorant. I don't think you're stupid, Owen, but you definitely have an ideological position to push and it's pushing in favor of the present corporate industry.