According to a report in the San Francisco Examiner, California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) received several death threats related to his work on video game legislation. The threats came to light as part of an investigation of threats against the senator that might be related to the Arizona congresswoman Gabriel Giffords shooting. Both Yee and his spokesman, Adam Keigwin, apparently received threats related to video games.
The investigations are the result of the Tucson, Arizona shooting rampage, and a heightened sense of fear among law enforcement and politicians who are rightfully concerned about safety.
The relevant part of the story:
"In one of the office’s most notable incidents, calls to Yee’s office said the senator was a "dead man" if he showed up to a 2005 news conference on violent video game legislation.
Keigwin received racist text messages again referencing violent video game legislation in 2009. Officers tracked down the person who made the threats and issued a warning, but no arrest was made, Keigwin said."
Keigwin went on to say that he did not have much information on how threats are handled because the California Highway Patrol manages those kinds of investigations.
Commentary: While I don’t agree with everything that Senator Yee has to say about a multitude of issues, it is disappointing to learn that someone would threaten him and his spokesman with death over his stance on video games. These individuals do not represent the gaming community in any way, who are capable of disagreeing without resorting to threats and hate.
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner.