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Anti-Game Activist Leland Yee Arrested: Yep, That's Karma

I never really believed in Karma. That is, until today.

Here's the scenario:

Democratic California state senator Leland Yee has never been a fan of video games. He's the one who brought that violent game law to the US Supreme Court back in 2010 (which was subsequently shot down), and he also had this to say following the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting:

"Gamers have got to just quiet down. 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."

Remember that term: "Self-interest."

Now, according to a new SFGate report, Yee was arrested during an FBI sting, and the charges are numerous: "Conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms," "participating in a scheme to defraud citizens of honest services," and "soliciting money from undercover FBI agents." Corruption and bribery? Sounds pretty self-interested to me, Leland.

I remember being really annoyed at that quote of his. Firstly, gamers didn't have any credibility, but he did? Secondly, the standard democratic philosophy that money is the root of all evil, and that because the game industry is worth billions, it's automatically amoral and corrupt. ...and here we are, with Yee facing charges, all of which scream "self-interest." He was trying to become Secretary of State, so he decided to try this tact.

Yeah. What goes around comes around.

Tags: leland yee, senator yee, leland yee arrested, video game industry

3/26/2014 9:20:43 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (29 posts)

Norrin Radd
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 10:19:22 PM
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Oh yes! That is karmic indeed.

What a shocker though - a politician being corrupt - who woulda thunk it???

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CH1N00K
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 6:58:59 PM

isn't it sad though that this is the common reaction when you find out a politician is crooked?

It's almost like no one cares anymore that their politicians are crooks, they just vote for the one that is hopefully the least crooked of them.

Although I guess the problem is that the ones that are squeaky clean, don't know a damn about how to run a country. You need someone who is willing to get their hands dirty, which unfortunately also means that they are probably going to break some laws in the process..

Although in this guys case, he was just an ingorant dumbass...which there also seems to be an abundance of them in politics...

oh well, I guess it's game over for this guy for a while...(yes I did that on purpose, deal with it..)

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Danny007
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 10:32:37 PM
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He got American Hustled... good game FBI, good game.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 10:52:08 PM
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Speaks out saying violent games cause mass shootings and is arrested and charged with conspiracy to traffic firearms? Sounds like he was trying to suppress citizens' freedoms while supplying criminals with more illegal weapons. No, I don't mourn his fall from grace.

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tes37
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 10:58:51 PM
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Well now we know he meant that it's a waste of time and energy pretending to be a criminal when you can be one for real. There's nothing like some good ol' fashioned, backwards *ss thinking.

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SaiyanSempai
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 11:22:43 PM
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A POLITICIAN saying that gamers don't have credibility? That's a laugh!

And then spending so much time and money (taxpayer's money, mind you) fighting the violence in videogames, all while bringing in weapons that cause REAL LIFE violence and harm to others? Why not put the energy to fighting THAT?!

The worst part is that I'm not even surprised to see such a blatant display of hypocrisy. Just another day for our elected officials.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 11:40:41 PM
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My last name is Nelson, so I'll try to channel Nelson from The Simpsons.

"Haaa-Ha"

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BikerSaint
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 1:44:52 AM
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Duke Nukem wants to teabag him

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Dukemz_UK
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 2:51:54 AM

I do? :-)

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Kryten1029a
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 3:39:08 AM
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It won't really be karma until he's sharing a cell with Jack Thompson but it is pretty smegging sweet to see a self-selected moral guardian brought low. It's Schadenfreudetastic.

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trumpetmon65
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 3:39:42 AM
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Hey guys take it easy on him. He's just another poor, hapless victim of Grand Theft Auto.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 11:24:43 AM

HA.

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___________
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 7:04:11 AM
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LOL, is there one single stright politican out there?
no, seriously.

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RICHIECOQUI
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 7:44:13 AM
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They say also something he maybe involved with the triads! hey that great video game material!!

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booze925
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 10:38:44 AM
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Don't come to California. Anybody.
This state is just awful, and often times I am ashamed to call myself Californian.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 11:25:21 AM

You know, I've heard that before...

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PSN French
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 5:01:39 PM

He is ONE of the biggest problems in California (just below Dianne Feinstein), big win for us.

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coverton341
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 7:49:26 PM

My god, how right you are. The biggest irony in all of this for me is the fact that he kept on trying to push through tougher gun control policies and trying to make existing firearm owners criminals for the types of firearms they had, all the while illegally trafficking firearms.

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pillz81
Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 12:15:42 PM

I was thinking the same thing coverton341.

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Underdog15
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 10:42:12 AM
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I just don't get American politics. I don't understand the lunacy. Other first world countries give TAX BREAKS to gaming companies to set up in their hometown.

Sure, people complain and think games are bad, but politicians don't bend to them... I remember when Digital Extremes came to our town. They got a government start up bursary to provide more jobs and they got a tax break on condition they set up in our downtown core. People complained (some big agencies and interest groups too), but our government, instead of bending knee to fear, educated people on the positive influence it will have on our economy and said.... so.... too bad.

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Underdog15
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 10:43:48 AM

Also, they were right. Since then, our city now has 18 gaming companies. Most are iOS or html5 companies, but collectively they represent a few thousand jobs and good money has come to our city because of it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 11:01:41 AM

American politics is reactionary, if the public fears/hates then the politicians take advantage of that.

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Underdog15
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 12:07:16 PM

Ours has it's own problems, too, of course. While we don't bend to those knee-jerk fears/hates, sometimes that ability to just do what's best can backfire.

I do enjoy good ol' John Stewart, though. :D

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CH1N00K
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 6:53:41 PM

what do you mean ours has it's problems? all of our politicians are as honest and upstanding as Rob Ford...


oh wait....

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Underdog15
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 8:18:03 PM

Heh. I love that guy. Only because our news isn't allowed to be entertainment news, like Fox News in the states is... because the news on him is legitimate, they can air what otherwise appears to be BS. LOL!

I need a good chuckle every 11pm, ya know?

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RICHIECOQUI
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 3:04:46 PM
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The affidavit names Yee and 25 others, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco’s Chinatown known as “Shrimp Boy,” and Keith Jackson, Yee’s campaign aide. Jackson is accused of multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. LOL!!

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PlatformGamerNZ
Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 5:17:52 PM
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i think by the sounds of it he had it comin sooner or later but yeah nice try but we won't have a bar of it

happy gaming =)

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Ray186
Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 3:46:08 PM
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You forgot the "Murder for Hire" charge. The only one with a "lust for violence" seems to be him.

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ChloeAngelCat
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 @ 10:38:29 PM
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The day Mr Leland got arrested was day gamers everywhere go their victory and faith works in funny way.

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