California Democratic Senator Leland Yee who hit the headlines on his stance against violent games has been arrested on corruption, gun-running and money laundering charges.
In what has to be one of the most staggering accounts of a US politician’s hypocrisy since George Washington called the UK government a tyranty, Yee was vocal in all the “protect the children” staged political games you could imagine. Yee was a vocal supporter of gun regulation and authored AB-1179, the bill that would outlaw the sale of violent video games to the Golden State's minors. Fortunately, that anti-game bill was vetoed.
The story looks a lot like a GTA plot with Yee being arrested after taking campaign donations from an FBI agent posing as a mafioso. Yee's out on a $500,000 bond according to SF Weekly, but he's due back in court next week and is facing 16 years in prison. Yee’s quest to get video games banned cost the cash strapped Californian government more than two million dollars in legal costs. Knowing that it was probably masterminded by someone who probably didn’t care about kiddies becoming the victim of violent crime is all the more sweeter.
It becomes clear that a good reason to keep kids away from playing GTA was to stop them playing with imaginary guns, and to give them real guns which he provides. Any gun control suggestions Yee might have had would probably have enabled the sale of more illegal guns.