So there I was, derping around on the interwebs at work (what military intelligence actually does), not looking for any trouble, when suddenly:
State Sen. Leland Yee, who authored the 2005 California bill to ban sales of ultra-violent video games only to have the Supreme Court rule it unconstitutional, still vehemently believes the issue is a “public health matter.”
“Gamers have got to just quiet down,” Yee, D-San Francisco, said in an interview Tuesday. “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.”
Now I can tolerate a good many different opinions. I can put up with people thinking differently than me, as long as I can see that they have some decent reason for thinking whatever stupid thing they think. I’m normally a nice guy, really. But when some clown from San Francisco has a stupid idea that threatens my ability to murder aliens by the cruiser-load, I get angry.
I get really angry.
You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.
This clown THEN thought it would be a good idea to use the Newtown shooting to get funding from the feds (the people full of great ideas like Drone Strike An American Day) to attempt to link violence to depictions of violence in media. Ten million bucks.
Bro, are you high? We spend ten million bucks a second, do we really need to study this?
Let me spell it out for ya. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold roughly 100 million copies – I think you’ll agree that is a sufficient sample size to be significant, even if you can’t math so good. So far, Adam Lanza is the only avid MW3 player to have gone postal. This means that 99.999999 percent of people who play MW3 DON’T KILL PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE. This leads me to a particular reaction:
Are you f***ing kidding me?
Gamers shooting people in real life is more rare than Nancy Pelosi finding a gun control law she doesn’t want to pass. But hey, if you want to find a group of people that do a lot of shooting each other, I hear the President’s hometown of Chicago (where handguns are banned entirely) has a . . . minor irritation with regard to handgun-related violence. The murder rate with guns alone in that city is higher than when Al Capone and Crew were running around with fully automatic Thompson machine guns.
I don’t want to bring back Al Capone, but Winston Churchill with a Tommy gun? AWWW YEAH.
Let me narrow this down for ya even further. More people are killed every year by sharks than are killed by gamers. More people are struck by lightning than are killed by gamers. More people win the lottery than are killed by gamers. And when asked for evidence of a link between games and violence, here’s what this douchenozzle said:
“Well, that’s one of the reasons why we are going into court to argue that particular point. But we believe that we will prevail.”
. . . you’re going to court to get evidence? Isn’t that supposed to work the other way ’round?
Finally, getting back to the original moronic quote: Nobody tells me to be quiet. My right to free speech is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which also protects violent video games. I have no lust for violence – I have a lust to play great games that tell great stories. I want to build empires and destroy civilizations, to impose my will on aliens (no, not the Hispanic kind, the Flood or Covenant kind. The Hispanic kind is gonna be my fellow American soon anyway, and I don’t want to kill them, with drones or anything else).
And no well-groomed nancy-pants douche from California is going to tell me I can’t. Now if you’ll excuse me, I paused my game of Hitman to write this. I gotta go make a ridiculous sniper shot.