Anti-Gaming Crusader Charged With Gun-Running

Number of people killed by video games: still zero.

Number of people killed by weapons allegedly smuggled by Democratic Senator and video game industry scourge Leland Yee: unknown, but given that the FBI claims Yee conspired with crime lord Kwok Cheung “Shrimp Boy” Chow to bring $2 million worth of weapons into the country from the Philippines, and that machine guns and motherflippin’ rocket launchers were among the weapons included, I’d say the answer is much more than zero.

You should look at the criminal complaint yourself. It’s long, but it really gets cooking about Yee’s gun suppliers and schemes around page 93 or so.

The whole thing reads like a script treatment for a Chow Yun-fat movie, complete with guns, drugs, smuggling, violence, Asian organized crime syndicates, goofy nicknames, and crooked pols.

Honestly, all it needs is a handsome guy in dark sunglasses firing pistols with both hands to complete the cast and we’re ready to put this thing before the cameras. Let’s make it happen, people!

Yee was one of the more irritating critics of video games. He just plain lied about the ESRB (the organization that provides parental ratings for games) by claiming they knew about the Grand Theft Auto “hot coffee mod” when they rated the game, when of course a mod is something applied to software by a user after purchase.

He managed to create enough hysteria to push through laws criminalizing the sale of M-rated games to minors. Those laws were so blatantly unconstitutional that they were not merely struck down by the courts, but the state of California had to pay the Entertainment Software Industry over $300,000 in legal fees.

Yee’s background as a child psychologist lent a certain amount of credibility to his claims that violent videogames caused violent behavior in minors. In fact, there is no such direct link. During the same period in which game sales rose rapidly, violent crime declined.

Hey, you know what causes violent crime? Illegal weapons smuggled into America from foreign countries under the aegis of corrupt politicians.

Yee was also a notorious foe of the second amendment and critic of gun owners, which just adds a thick layer of Schadenfreude-Flavored Icing to this Layer Cake of Overdue Justice.

So, yeah, I’m just gonna sit back,  cut myself a slice, make a nice White Russian, and enjoy this one.

Some more of my posts on games and violence:

Game Violence Debate Returns to Washington

Videogames and the Family

Choosing the Right Game For Your Kids

Rumors that Sterling Archer will play Yee in the movie are premature. Also: racist.

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About Thomas L. McDonald

Thomas L. McDonald writes about technology, theology, history, games, and shiny things. Details of his rather uneventful life as a professional writer and magazine editor can be found in the About tab.


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