California Democratic Assemblyman Leland Yee and his bill to legislate the sale of M-rated video games to those under eighteen years old are back in the news. The bill passed through another committee today and is on the way up the political food chain towards the California Senate. Yee issued another quote to the media today about the bill, too.
"For the same reason we don't allow kids to buy pornography, cigarettes, or alcohol, we shouldn't allow them to go to stores and buy video games that teach them to do the very things we put people in jail for -- abusing women, joining street gangs, killing police officers, or even assassinating President Kennedy."
Isn't it wonderful how this quote implies that if you are against this proposed law then you are in favor of abusing woman, joining street gangs, etc.? And how the quote equates buying pornography to committing murder? And how by dragging President Kennedy into the argument Yee is trying to tie the shock and horror of the assassination together with video games in the minds of his political peers and constituents?