Calif. Senator Leland Yee made some unfortunate statements in a San Francisco Chronicle article last week, and we gamers became appropriately outraged. Here's what he said:

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.

Ouch. Well it turns out his office actually called IGN to attempt to explain the statement, and the site posted the following update:

Senator Yee’s chief-of-staff, Adam Keigwin, responded to our inquiry with a phone call. He wanted to note that Senator Yee’s choice of words wasn't the best: “It wasn’t the most artful thing he ever said.” He also said that, although the Senator was quoted accurately, his statement was in the context of the gaming industry; the quote “was not directed at individual gamers.”

His chief-of-staff noted that he himself is a gamer, as well as other staffers in the Senator’s office, and even the Senator’s children.

In short, Yee feels that the gaming industry doesn’t have credibility, but rather a “vested interest” in continuing the status quo, as “violent games are successful.” As such, “their position isn’t relevant in this debate.” Rather, the Senator wants to know “what’s the science?” behind any correlation between violent games and violent acts.

What do you think? Does this clarification makes Yee's statements seem any less obnoxious? We'd all like to know "the science" behind these issues, but does that excuse telling gamers to "quiet down" about our own rights?

[via neoGAF]