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