- Posted January 27, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
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Dianne Feinstein Wants To Regulate Private Gun Ownership While Exempting Herself
This of course is no surprise, but what is surprising is what is exempted from her legislation. The bill includes a number of exemptions: It exempts more than 2,200 hunting and sporting weapons; any gun manually operated by a bolt, pump, lever or slide action; any weapons used by government officials and law enforcement; and any weapons legally owned as of the date of the bill's enactment.
Notice the sentence I find most surprising: “any weapons used by government officials”.
So, what she is saying is that becoming an elected official makes you exempt from being emotionally unstable, crazy or stupid. Let’s just take a look at the scandals that come from elected official:
Eliot Spitzer was the governor of New York from 2007-2008. He resigned after it was revealed that he was involved in a call girl ring.
Marion Barry was the mayor of Washington DC. In 1990, he was arrested for possession of cocaine while still in office.
In 1969, Ted Kennedy accidentally drove off a bridge by accident with a female passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, on board. The car landed in a tidal channel. Kennedy was able to swim away, but Kopechne drowned. Kennedy did not tell the police about the incident for 9 hours.
In 1986, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, it came to light that several high-ranking US officials were facilitating the selling of arms to Iran, an incredibly dangerous country.
Tom DeLay (R-TX) The House Majority Leader was reprimanded twice by the House Ethics Committee and DeLay resigned 9 June 2006. Delay was found to have illegally channeled funds from Americans for a Republican Majority to Republican state legislator campaigns. He was convicted of two counts of money laundering and conspiracy in 2010
I only provided a very small sample of politicians who I would not trust with a gun…the lists are huge! So, why does Senator Feinstein think government officials should be exempted? Does she perceive that those individuals who hold public office are somehow more entitled than the rest of America?
Her willingness to restrict a constitutional right for average Americans while exempting her and her fellow government officials, gives me pause. Isn't that one of the reasons that we were given the constitutional right to bear arms; so that we would be able to defend ourselves from a tyrannous government?
What do you think? Is this a power grab? Does this create a broader divided between the ruling class and the average citizen?