U.S. politicians continue to blame violent video games for the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. After fans of the video game industry protested early attempts by politicians to play the blame games game, one California senator has responded by telling gamers to “quiet down.”
In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, California senator Leland Yee had this to say about gamers protesting the role of video games in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting:
“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.”
This is not the first time Yee has taken aim at video game violence. A much-publicized law designed to restrict the availability of violent games introduced by Lee last year was eventually squashed by the Supreme Court.
Lee’s being joined in his crusade by Connecticut senator Chris Murphy, who recently made a direct connection between video game violence and the Newtown shooting.
“I think there’s a question as to whether he would have driven in his mother’s car in the first place if he didn’t have access to a weapon that he saw in video games that gave him a false sense of courage about what he could do that day,” Murphy said.
It’s not yet clear if the shooter, Adam Lanza, played a lot of violent video games. It’s also not clear if he was a big fan of violent movies and TV shows, which, somehow, seem to be escaping the focus of politicians like Yee and Murphy.
But it is clear that Lanza got his hands on some seriously powerful weaponry. In his defense, Murphy has spoken out about gun violence. Here’s hoping he continues to focus on that fight and the real issue at hand.