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Veteran Member - Level 12
For those of you not familiar with the name Leland Yee, you may be more familiar with his previous work. He's probably best known for authoring a bill that sought to restrict the sale of what he called "ultra-violent" games, a bill that was deemed unconstitutional. It makes sense that he would use the unfortunate events of recent months to reassert his unconstitutional position. That's only half of what has put him in headlines recently, though.
Today he's probably better known as the man who said gamers have no credibility in the debate regarding the relationship between video games and violence. For an overview of what he said, and his recently revised stance, I suggest you check out Polygon's report on the story. What follows is a letter that was written to Senator Yee last week, in response to his original comments:
Hello Senator Yee,
Although Senator Yee has since backed off of his original statements, he doesn't seem like a man who mispoke. There was no improper translation or misuse of a word when he suggested that gamers lust for violence. He also continues to fault the the video game industry, and not the consumer - many of them parents or guardians, for putting violent games into the hands of children.
He may not be your representative, but his actions could have an impact on all of us. His unwavering, unconstitutional stance that video games are to blame and should be regulated by governmental authority has only evolved in how it is presented. I encourage everyone who reads this to write him in their own words. Whether or not you feel as strongly, or perhaps even more so, about this than I did when I wrote what is reproduced above, I encourage a civil tone if you choose to write him. You can pen your own letter and send it him via Senator.Yee@senate.ca.gov .