There is nothing I hate more that hypocrisy and today we will be discussing one of the biggest hypocrites/criminal who is now serving 5 years in prison. The most Ironic part is that the man we are talking about is a U.S senator. The senator blames video games for violence and criminalizing young minds.
It all began back in 2011, respected California senator Leland Yee went after the gaming industry with a very harsh and much publicized law. However, the supreme court struck it down after a hearing conducted by the late Judge Antonin Scalia.
But senator Yee was adamant that video games are a bad influence on young minds and according to him, gamers should quiet down.
Yee said in a statement in 2013:
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.
He is not the only politician who went after video games in such a manner but he is the only one who is arrested for gun-running and violence after blaming video games.
For a man trying to stop us from playing games like GTA and Red Dead Redemption as they may turn us into criminals, going to prison for gun-trafficking and political corruption must be pretty ironic.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer was a part of the hearing, he spoke to Yee and said:
The crimes that you committed have resulted in essentially an attack on democratic institutions, Breyer said to Yee, according to a courtroom report today from San Jose Mercury News.This is a serious, serious injury to a governmental institution.
Yee replied by admitting his crimes and said that he was ashamed of his actions. He asked for leniency: “I have taken full responsibility for my actions and crimes I have committed. That will haunt me the rest of my life.”
Prosecution was looking for an eight year sentence but Yee is now in Federal Prison for five years. We just hope he wasn’t playing GTA otherwise gaming industry would be blamed for influencing a U.S senator.