California State Senator Lelan Yee, known amongst the gaming community for his crusade against violent video games and once saying gamers have a “lust for violence,” has been indicted on federal charges.
Yee was arrested this week for allegedly being involved in a gun-smugglng ring and for accepting bribes, among other charges. According to a written statement that was filed in San Francisco’s federal court by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua, Yee intended to use the money to fund his race for secretary of state.
Just last year, Yee attempted to connect videogames to the tragic events that occurred in Newton, Connecticut. “Gamers have got to just quiet down. Gamers have no credibility in this argument,” Yee said. “This is all about their lust for violence and the industry’s lust for money.”
In 2005, Yee helped pass a law, which was signed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, making it illegal to sell or rent “violent” videogames to minors. The law was struck down by the California Supreme Court in 2010 in a 7 to 2 vote.
The California Senate has suspended Yee, and he’s dropped out of the race for secretary of state.