California senator Leland Yee, who last week during an interview concerning media violence with the San Francisco Chronicle told gamers to "just quiet down", has issued an apology (of sorts) on Twitter.
“Gamers, I admittedly didn’t use best words to [the San Francisco Chronicle],” he said. “I meant video game industry has inherent conflict of interest in the gun violence debate.”
Not content to leave his statement as just an apology, Yee did not pass up the opportunity to attack the game industry once more, as he added “but the industry has profited at the expense of children. “
His apology is in stark contrast to his bold statement given last week to gamers nationwide, when he clearly said, “gamers have no credibility.” His words seemed to imply that those playing games don’t care about violence in the country or how it affects children, which I’m sure many parents who actively play video games would disagree with.
Yee has been gunning for the game industry for a while now. His proposed bill to limit the sale of videogames in 2011 was shot down by the Supreme Court, which stated that video games were protected under the first amendment (the freedom of speech).
After just a quick look at Senator Yee’s Twitter page, I can tell you that many don’t agree with his earlier statements, or seem to accept his attempt at an apology. His words have made me (along with many others) sad that I voted for him.