CA senator calls NRA's response to violent games 'pathetic and unacceptable'

Democratic senator Leland Yee says it is "mind-boggling" that National Rifle Association "suddenly cares about the harmful effects of ultra-violent video games."

California senator Leland Yee, whose high-profile violent game law was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2011, has spoken out against the National Rifle Association's recent response to the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

In a statement to his website, Yee said when his violent game law was brought before the Supreme Court last year, the NRA was nowhere to be seen.

“I find it mind-boggling that the NRA suddenly cares about the harmful effects of ultra-violent video games," Yee said. "When our law was before the Supreme Court--while several states, medical organizations, and child advocates submitted briefs in support of California’s efforts--the NRA was completely silent."

Yee further claimed that the NRA, instead of facing the reality and becoming part of the solution to gun proliferation, is attempting to "pass the buck."

"More guns are not the answer to protecting our children, as evident by the fact that armed guards weren’t enough to stop the tragedy at Columbine High School," Yee said. "The NRA’s response is pathetic and completely unacceptable.”

NRA vice president Wayne LaPierre said at a press conference Friday violent video games like Bulletstorm and Mortal Kombat were partially to blame for December 14's deadly shooting in Connecticut.

Earlier in the week, West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill to Congress that would direct the National Academy of Sciences to investigate how violent games and other such programming affect children.

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AloeVera4
AloeVera4

Hahahahahaha....this guy JUST got busted by the Feds for Arms Trafficking (research it people)! Unbelievable the utter hypocrisy with these scumbag democrats!!!

notlukesfather
notlukesfather

Senator.Yee@senate.ca.gov

Let him know how you feel

wolfmgs
wolfmgs

LOL he´s holding red dead redemption, assasins creed 2 and GTA 4, they werent ultra violent games, i agree to banish ultra violent games but cmon why didnt SAW movies and Disney stupidity already ban too!!

sonic-boom
sonic-boom

Nobody needs guns. Period. Even police. Take away everyone's gun and no one can shoot anyone.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Medical background and other checks are needed to get a gun license and a gun license must be presented for any gun purchase.  NRA and the US government this is what is needed in your country.  Use common sense.  Do you really want guns in the hands of people that should not have them ?

sNaKe0630
sNaKe0630

this asshole never played a game in fuckin his life and if he thinks now his law is going to be passed he is wrong because its under the first amendment so this means we would have to take every form of media off the shelves books, movies, tv ect

 

El_Zo1212o
El_Zo1212o

So Leland Yee is now crying that the NRA didn't support him in his quest to ban video games? He's using a tragedy like the CT shooting to push his agenda. He's an opportunistic tw@t and makes me ashamed to be Californian. Someone get him out of office.

cikame
cikame

It's not that armed guards couldn't stop Columbine, it's that they could have stopped it.Just because they couldn't doesn't mean it is a bad idea, i sure hope someone with a gun is near me if i'm ever in trouble.

baconater87
baconater87

If only america had decent parents who controlled what there kids did instead of blaming others when the kid rapes then kills a women.

arjan17
arjan17

To be honnest I don't think anything will change regarding violent videogames and movies. Videogames and movies are a multibilion businesses. Violence is what the masses want and then it's violence what the masses get.

 

If you guys want to satisfy your indoctrinated urge to own weapons for the sake of "freedom", I am affraid this is gonna be the price you pay. 

sieg6529
sieg6529

Yee can go suck a railroad spike.  He's got so much power to do good things in governance, and instead he's crusading against video games.

quinnd6
quinnd6

Why are these dopey idiots with power talking about video games?

Video games have absolutely nothing got to do with what happened.

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

Great comments on here from everyone. I'm glad most of us are smart enough to see through the NRAs bulls***. I am so tired of people blaming video games, movies, rap music, etc.. You know who I blame? The scumbag with a gun.

 

The NRA no longer represents their base but plays directly the people who fund them... gun companies. So is it any surprise that Wonder Turd, the CEO of the NRA, would make that kind of statement. I am sick and tired of people refusing to believe that some can CHOOSE to be evil. Not everything is mental illness influenced by videogames. That is propoganda for the weak minded who can't deal with reality. The shooter alone is responsible.

 

Just look at COD alone. It is played by millions of people yet, most of them do not shoot up schools. Over 22 years ago, a man in Michigan did much worse. He killed more kids in a school in what is still the worst school shooting in history. Are we to blame Mario and Nintendo. Did those little fireballs hitting Koopa Troopers finally push his insanity over the edge and cause him to mass murder over 30 some people? What about the husband who came home and murdered his family wearing a hockey mask? Should we ban all Friday the 13th movies because one sicko decided to hurt people? I'm glad to see the Gamespot crowd is letting their voices be heard. Because there are waaaay too many damn stupid people in the world trying to make gamers look bad. I'm sick of it.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

If there's one positive thing, the NRA and Wayne LaPierre has aged rather nicely. Their old stance will seriously die away soon, along with their culture need that somehow guns save lives and videogames didn't. Come on, will it take a culling of innocent children to get through the NRA's thick heads?

isshiah
isshiah

i don't share the american fascination with weapons, but i do share a considerable interest in video games. i don't like them being blamed for everything under the sun. bad people existed before videos games and rock and roll, mr silly politician, sir.

Prosercunus
Prosercunus

The Democrats force the NRA to care about a lot of things. As soon as gun violence breaks out they pretty much call them every name in the book. Sure the NRA makes some pretty boneheaded comments, but they are essentially a lobbying group that in their mind is trying to ensure the 2nd amendment.

 

Let's not try to pretend that politicians (mostly Democrats) aren't trying to bait the NRA for their own personal political gain.

Chipster_B
Chipster_B

Its not the game makers fault that kids play ultra-violent games. If parents don't want their kids to play these games then they shouldn't let them. Simple as that. I have a 12 year old son and his Xbox is set up so he can't play games outside his age bracket. If he asks for a game that all his friends are playing that isn't appropriate for him then he gets a swift NO. If he wants to play one of my games that isn't age appropriate he gets a swift NO. Blame parents not game makers. They should take an active role in what their kids are doing/playing and follow the guidelines on the box. I've seen kids that look about 10 pass copies of Grand Theft Auto to their parents in shops and the parent dutifully purchase the game instead of saying "No, its got a big red 18 on the box and you aren't 18."...

 

Rant over...

t-16
t-16

These NRA morons will do anything to avoid facing the truth won't they? It's their fault these children were killed. Clearly when you have over 10,000 people a year being killed in gun crime you have one serious gun crime problem. And there is only 1 logical answer. Ban guns. You know... like every other civilised country in the world.

daBrokenFace
daBrokenFace

It's funny he is holding 'older' games from like 4 years ago

Evilnator
Evilnator

It takes a pretty fucked up person to go on a shooting spree like that, how about we focus on finding and supervising this kind of people? Now, I'm not American so i don't really know the gun laws all that well but why was this person within the reach of a gun when he was clearly unstable? I know there is this whole argument of safety vs freedom and all that..

zekere
zekere

Jesus, in a country where Kinder Surprise is illegal and guns are free with your breakfast cereals, anything is possible, especially when a senator is involved...

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

Every time there is a violent act in this country Leland gets his crusade up and running again. He uses misinformation and fear to try and rally people under him so that he can accumulate more influence like a pathetic caricature of Joseph McCarthy. Politicians are always trying to scapegoat something for behavior they don't agree with; sexuality, religion, music, literature, film, games, whatever gets them the most traction. I say look to the real root of the problem. Psychopaths are sometimes born but more often they are made. made my by inattentive, unloving parents, or an inattentive,unloving government. Either way, they need to take responsibility for it and move to change it,  not try to blame some external source.

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

Wait, NOW lawmakers are protecting violent video games? Normally they are the ones complaining about them. I guess they change their tune when given a chance to bash the NRA. Hypocrites

devilscry
devilscry

personally, i blame Mario Kart.

unleasher123
unleasher123

Haven't the NRA ever learned in life, that to deal with a problem, find the source deal with it?I mean if the NRA believes that too many people are dying from being shot to death with guns, then maybe it's the guns that are causing the problem? Hasn't that went through their mind? They're not that stupid, because they know that what they are defending for is indeed the problem. They are merely scapegoating. Therefore the ideal approach for them to take would be to simply blame it on something else. This is what we call "corruption". Interesting right? What's even sadder is that you see many parents these days agreeing with the NRA and still persisting to keep rifles in their hands as a form of human rights....Stupidity at its finest. 

1valiantknight
1valiantknight

-In the Sandy Hook case, after the shooter was misidentified as Adam Lanza’s brother Ryan, the Facebook page of the video game Mass Effect (which Ryan “liked” on his own Facebook page) was attacked by angry hordes.-

 

So firstly they blamed the wrong brother bravo! And because Ryan liked Mass Effect suddenly Mass Effect is an evil entity. I'd love to see the look on the peoples faces who wrote angry letters to Bioware only to later find out it wasn't even Ryan who was the shooter. Do you see just how stupid people are being. This is like the Salem which hunts all over again. More from the same article below.

 

-Why then, when the evidence is so poor, do we always return to media to blame for societal ills? The notion that simply removing video games would make these events go away is as understandably tempting as it is nonsensical. After the 1999 Columbine massacre, the nation uselessly diverted itself into a decade’s worth of video game violence laws that were struck down by the courts as unconstitutional. Let us hope that Senator Rockefeller’s efforts do not distract us from the bigger tasks at hand: gun control and improving our mental health system.-  Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/12/20/sandy-hook-shooting-video-games-blamed-again/#ixzz2GfZJdXC8

 

Put this link in your browser if you want to read more of this fantastic article from Christopher J. Ferguson an associate professor of psychology and criminal justice who has done studies on video games and violence and found no correlation.

baq99
baq99

Hands up all those that have played violent video games...     Now keep your hands up if you have committed an atrocity to the scale of columbine or Sandy Hook...    Having said that, how come Canada have similar gun laws to the USA but drastically less gun deaths per year?  It is a puzzle!

hussin005
hussin005

u should see sleeping dogs chinese dude

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

NRA should stop selling guns instead of blaming videogames , i bet its harder to kill somoene with a copy of call of duty than with a REAL gun

Stesilaus
Stesilaus

Leland Yee looks a bit like George Takei.

 

George is infinitely more agreeable, though.

 

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

Dumb question, is there anything else they can do instead of using guns as a hobby? As usual, violent videogames don't make gamers serial killers no matter how many studies tried to prove that. New Years Day is coming. Can't wait for the fireworks.

BlazingRabbit
BlazingRabbit

In my opinion I really don't think this whole "violent media consumption = acts of violence" theory holds up, in fact it is sorely flawed. Are we to assume that by using this theory we can conclude that Abraham Lincoln's life could have been saved if only the person who carried out his assassination didn't play so many violent video games?? I'm sorry but it just doesn't add up. Look, in all seriousness violence predates the gaming, film and music industries. What is your excuse for the acts of violence that happened then?

SupaTrupa
SupaTrupa

Deflection by the NRA, very simple, from very simple-minded people.

bukankhadam
bukankhadam

every single time/cases bout killing/stealing/shooting will be blamed on games. WTF?

blame the criminal or bad parenting instead. not the games.

yes it is true that games can influence violence, but do you know how many individuals out there that play violent games and not shooting/killing every person they know? and how many that play games and go on killing spree? i bet the numbers will be VERY2 different.

egekoenig
egekoenig

omfg why the blame on video games. pshychos are pshychos

runnermpls
runnermpls

I have yet to see these same people explain why violent video games do NOT cause murders in Asia, Australia, Europe...  It's like banning cheeseburgers because people in the US are obese.

sonicare
sonicare

It's called scapegoating.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Banning violent games or guns is little more than sweeping under the rug the actual problem of mental healthcare in this second world country. How about discussing the real issue instead?

Navydad101
Navydad101

Guns don't kill people, people kill people! How many drunk driver would it take for you to think the same thing about beer? 

tgwolf
tgwolf

AMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEN! Except that it's a wonder that this Democrat should question what represents the second-order effects of sinister motivation behind the intimidated statements of this NRA plant...

Gazdakka
Gazdakka

Just a little update, Leland Yee: This stuff doesn't happen in countries where it isn't legal to purchase and own a gun. You know why that is? Because it isn't legal to purchase and own a gun.

 

I mean, who would have thought, right? But you can't fix that, because the dinosaur ideology of the Constitution and how upheld it is in American society means you have so many people who consider it a personal entitlement to own a gun that you can't hope to take them out of circulation within our lifetimes.

 

"Partial" or whatever you like to call it, LaPierre - that kid had multiple problems that were more pressing than violent video games: depression, constant bullying at school, a mother who hoarded guns, gave him free access and taught him how to use them, not least of all the smoking guns themselves. The difference is that nobody is terrified by someone who tries to point a video game at them...

jindro
jindro

Banning something will just make it go to the black or underground market, why is everyone so blind to see this, if you legalize drugs and have stores that is controlled by the government and all benefits go to helping people that have drug problem and make safer or less addictive drugs for them instead of giving some underground gangs the chance to get big enough to go against cops everyday and drug barons getting so big they have their own army. I say instead of banning all this stuff you should control it, its alot cheaper and safer for people.

Taffelost
Taffelost

So the problem is that too many nutters has access to guns in USA. NRA's answer: Spread more guns. Makes sense?

roosteraxe1
roosteraxe1

Politicians of all sorts are going to keep attacking and blaming video games for the world's problems because the people in office right now didn't grow up with video games. These are old men and women who were maybe in their 20s or 30s when Pac Man came out and that was intense and hard to understand for them. In another decade or so when a genration that grew up with and understand video games starts taking over these ridiculous attacks on gaming will start to fade away. By then there will be some new thing for politicians to rally against and blame, instead of actually trying to fix these kinds of issues. It was once rock n roll, jazz, swing, black and white silent movies, Mozart, Paganism, ect. Whenever there's a new form of entertainment the kids are into that the grown-ups (i.e. old people) don't understand, or a popular cultural something-or-other that goes against the norm, they blame the world's troubles on it. Once gaming is accepted as a legit form of entertainment instead of being viewed by adults as a scary new phenomenon the kids are into, the government will move on and find a new scapegoat to help them avoid the issue while looking like they care. If they fessed up and admitted the media overcovering tragedies and making criminals into folk heroes for ratings while ignoring the need for better parenting in these sickos they'd all be put out of a job, since most of the big media companies are owned at least in part by politicians.

neogeta8
neogeta8

So if you ban violent video games and give more people guns American society will be safer?

 

If you believe that statement to be true you are an idiot. People focus on Americans being able to hold guns because of the second amendment. But does it say anything about ammunition? Let people own whatever gun they want but charge $1000 a round or just ban ammunition altogether.

 

I'm sure some people will hate on this post but until you understand gun control in America is essential then your loved ones will continue to be killed in mindless gun violence.

pwnater777
pwnater777

And how the hell would Mortal Kombat have influenced the shooter in Connecticut? It's not like he went in using only his hands, that's just an already controversial game that they threw into the news to make it sound more interesting. Find a real reason to blame something on, and don't mess with the freedoms of gamers to play what they want.

pwnater777
pwnater777

I can't believe these absolute IDIOTS thin that video games caused the shooting in Connecticut. There is NOTHING linking any of these shootings to video games at all, and these old men in the government probably have never even played a video game. They just assume it's something bad, and try to blame everything on it. Another pathetic move by another ignorant person.