California Senator Tells Gamers To Shut Up

In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, California Senator, Leland Yee, stated that in the debate over the issue of violent video games, gamers just need to "quiet down" and that they have no credibility in the argument as to the effects of games.

The democratic Senator of San Francisco is quote as saying, "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."

Since the school shootings in Newton, Connecticut which took the lives of twenty children and six staff members, violent video games have been in the spotlight as a potential reason for the tragedy. It seems that a line has been drawn in the sand, and that both lawmakers and game developers are choosing sides as the debate continues.

In 2011, the United States Supreme Court ruled that there was no proof that violent video games had any effect on on causing minors to exhibit violent behavior. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has already done several studies which all showed to link between video game violence and violent behavior. This obviously is not good enough as Obama's new gun control initiative includes $10 million to once again study violence in entertainment.

So there you have it. Certain lawmakers not only want enact new laws pertaining to violent entertainment content and want to spend our money doing yet another study, but now they want us to shut up about it because we don't know what we're talking about. Free speech anyone?