Politician and Violent Games Opponent Leland Yee Arrested

California state senator Leland Yee has been arrested on corruption charges.

Yee, who famously authored the violent game bill that served as the basis of the 2011 Brown vs. EMA Supreme Court case, was the subject of an FBI raid this morning that led to his arrest. While exact details have yet to be released, sources have indicated that Yee is being charged with corruption and bribery.

Yee, a former child psychologist prior to his 2002 election to the California state legislature, has been a persistent opponent of violent video games. In addition to his authorship of the California violent games bill he has, in the past, told gamers to “quiet down” and, following the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary claimed that the game industry has “no credibility.” Yee later apologized for these remarks and we can only imagine that he’ll shortly be apologizing for a little bit more.

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8 Comments on Politician and Violent Games Opponent Leland Yee Arrested


On March 26, 2014 at 11:32 am



On March 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Mmmh. Good old schadensfreude.

Bucket Fanny

On March 26, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Further evidence that public presences who claim violence in videogames are corrupting culture are, by and large, either using it as a smokescreen to distract us from their own far worse behaviours, or are simply too deluded and disillusioned to see the hypocrisy of such a hysterical witchhunt. Jack Thompson, the NRA, you name them. They’ve all committed more damaging sins than any game ever could.

Leeland Yee already had limited credibility at best on this subject matter – now, he has none at all.


On March 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

As a Californian who has had to deal with this assh@t’s assaults on my freedoms and on pursuits that I enjoy, this fills me with JOY. That’s three senators down, and it looks like the FBI isn’t done yet with California!


On March 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Ah. This is some very satisfying news.


On March 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Hopefully this will spell the end for this clown’s political career.


On March 27, 2014 at 2:05 am

Jack Thompson: “violent videogames are corrupting youth.” Generally abuses his powers and makes a mockery of the US justice system, getting himself repeatedly disbarred in the process.

The NRA: “violent videogames are corrupting youth.” Instils an entitlement and blind acceptance of firearms for its selfish monetary gains, dismisses mass shootings as drops in the ocean even when the victims are children, then tries to stir up fear which will of course increase the likelihood of more paranoia and – thus – more people owning guns that are probably not mentally stable enough to do so.

Leland Yee: “violent videogames are corrupting youth.” Gets indicted for political corruption.

I have only ever heard of one case where a violent crime was in fact clearly committed to imitate a game, that was a murder/carjacking in some really impoverished Asian country with a poor education standard. Those that continue to insist on this myth are generally either oblivious to the true nature of gamers and gaming (i.e. they still think it’s a minority pastime that only loners and children enjoy), are god-fearers or incredibly hyper-PC handwringers whose solution to every problem is just to ban things and not bother approaching any real solutions (because it worked so well for alcohol prohibition and clearly nobody takes drugs anymore) or, in the case of the three I’ve listed, they’re either overcompensating and using the crusade against violent media as a smokescreen against their far bigger evils, or they’re just too jaded and disillusioned to recognise the hypocrisy behind demonising games while doing far worse things themselves.

In any case, gamers these days don’t even need to bother defending the medium. Eventually, those who attack it end up shooting themselves in the foot.


On March 27, 2014 at 6:38 am

Apparently he was arrested for “Conspiring to Traffic Firearms”, as well as accepting bribes.

He’s an anti-gun senator. Oh, the irony