Senator Yee: NRA's Gun Proposal is Pathetic and Unacceptable

December 21, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), the author of legislation to strengthen California’s assault weapon ban and the author of California’s law to prohibit the sale of ultra-violent video games to children (which was struck down by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2011), issued the following statement in response to the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) proposal in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:

“I find it mind-boggling that the NRA suddenly cares about the harmful effects of ultra-violent video games. When our law was before the Supreme Court – while several states, medical organizations, and child advocates submitted briefs in support of California’s efforts – the NRA was completely silent. Now, rather than face reality and be part of the solution to the widespread proliferation of assault weapons in America, they attempt to pass the buck. More guns are not the answer to protecting our children, as evident by the fact that armed guards weren’t enough to stop the tragedy at Columbine High School. The NRA’s response is pathetic and completely unacceptable.”


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