Former California State Senator Leland Yee was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday with charges from taking bribes to perform political favors, and the LA Times reports, “Yee admitted in a plea deal that he was part of a racketeering conspiracy that involved exchanging official acts for money, conspiring to traffic in weapons and money laundering.”
Yee was caught by the FBI in a sting operation (that took several years), an operation where Yee offered up guns he was trafficking from the Philippians. These undercover agents just didn’t pose as businessmen looking to get ahead, but some also posed as mobsters as well.
Why does this matter to us, a site dedicated to video games and movies (and sometimes Wrestling), well Yee is and always has been very outspoken against video games, going as far as to try and pass a law to prohibit the sales of violent video games in the state of California. To quote the comedian Eddie Izzard, “be careful California you’re supposed to be the crazy state, the wild ones.” Though I guess trying to ban art would “crazy”.
I say art because Yee’s law made it all the way to the Supreme Court where it was shot down 7 to 2 which meant the United States Government now recognizes Video Games as art and protected under federal law like other forms of art.
Yee’s reasoning for this, like many career politicians, was that we have to protect the children. It’s always to protect the children, isn’t that the parents’ job? Anyways, Yee lost in the Supreme Court and lost in his court battle for taking bribes, and you know trafficking weapons, last time I checked assault rifles were more dangerous for children than violent video games.